Impact of Aging

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Lead Author(s): 

Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD, RMSK
Se Won Lee, MD

Supporting Author(s): 

Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD

As discussed above, neuromuscular diseases become more prevalent as the population ages. The primary exception to this is spinal cord injuries or diseases, which occur in younger populations more than in the elderly. Total health care visits with a neuromuscular diagnosis showed this trend in 2013, particularly in the middle age range of 45 to 64. Since many neuromuscular diseases are life-long conditions once they occur or are diagnosed, care will be ongoing throughout life.


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