How is Mitochondrial disease treated?

In the last decade, advances in medicine and science have helped us better understand, diagnose and treat mitochondrial diseases. Unfortunately, there is still no cure or even a treatment that can guarantee better health or function. The goals of treatment are to ease symptoms, improve function and slow down the progression of the disease.

The effectiveness of treatment varies from person to person, depending on the exact disorder and severity. Generally, those with mild disorders tend to respond to treatment better than those with severe disorders. Treatment will not reverse the damage that has already occurred, such as brain malformations or damage from a stroke.

The doctor will decide what types of treatment and therapy will best benefit your child’ specific disease, based on a complete assessment of his or her health.

Many options are available, including:

  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • respiratory therapy
  • speech therapy
  • massage therapy
  • stretching and relaxation exercises
  • exercise training
  • counselling
  • medications and supplements

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