Rehabilitation issues in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

Kenis-Coskun Ö. , Matthews D. J.

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC REHABILITATION MEDICINE, cilt.9, sa.1, ss.31-34, 2016 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 9 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Doi Numarası: 10.3233/prm-160359
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.31-34


Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) disease is the most common hereditary sensorimotor neuropathy that has a slow onset. It presents usually in childhood, starting distally and from the lower limbs progressing to more proximal muscles. Due to the lack of curative medical treatments and the problematic outcomes of surgical intervention, rehabilitation continues to play a major role in treatment. This paper aims to summarize the rehabilitation approaches like aerobic, stretching and strengthening exercises. Orthotics is another important part of treatment that complete rehabilitative approaches. Orthotic devices that are currently being used and investigated in patients with CMT are also reviewed. The evidence shows that exercise is effective in improving strength and general fitness. Stretching is somewhat effective in maintaining range of motion. Orthotic devices are the mainstay of maintaining mobility and ambulation and upper extremity function.