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Kennedy's Disease

Kennedys disease is an inherited neuromuscular disease which is characterised by the gradual deterioration of motor neurons. Motor neurons are nerve cells involved with the control of muscles. As a result of the deterioration of motor neurons, Kennedys disease causes muscle weakness and wasting. At Liverpool Neuro Physio, physiotherapy treatment is used to help reduce the physical impairments associated with Kennedys disease.



What is Kennedys disease?

Kennedys disease is a progressive neuromuscular disease which is characterised by the gradual weakening and wasting of muscles, particularly in the arms and legs. Kennedys disease is an inherited disease affecting the male population only.

Kennedys disease is caused by a genetic mutation affecting motor neurons. A motor neuron is a nerve cell involved with the movement and control of muscles. Due to the genetic mutation in Kennedys disease motor neurons deteriorate and die, resulting in muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.

At Liverpool Neuro Physio we understand that Kennedys disease is a progressive condition affecting your function and mobility. Therefore at Liverpool Neuro Physio we can provide you with physiotherapy treatment which can help maximise your independence for as long as possible.


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Effects of Kennedys disease

Effects of Kennedys disease often include:


At Liverpool Neuro Physio we understand that Kennedys disease is a slow and progressive disease for which there is no cure, therefore the physiotherapy treatment we can provide you with is aimed at managing your condition at the current stage and supporting you throughout the progression of your disease.


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Physiotherapy treatment for Kennedys disease

At Liverpool Neuro Physio your physiotherapist will work with you to produce a programme of treatment, in which the goals and targets set are specifically designed for the management of your symptoms.

The treatment of Kennedys disease varies from person to person depending upon their symptoms. Physiotherapy treatment often includes:



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Benefits of physiotherapy treatment for Kennedys disease

Benefits of physiotherapy treatment for Kennedys disease depend upon the presentation of your symptoms and the progression of your illness, however below is a list of common benefits our patients' experience:



To arrange an appointment or to speak to one of our specialists, call us on 0151 558 0188 or email office@liverpoolneurophysio.co.uk.


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