Importance of Sitting Balance For Patients With SMA

Importance of Sitting Balance For Patients With SMA

In physical therapy, one main focus for us is to ensure patients improve on their balance, especially if the reason for their visit is secondary to an injury from a fall. With patients that spend the majority of their time in a wheelchair, we still want to focus a lot...
Importance of Maximizing Upper Extremity Functions With SMA Patients

Importance of Maximizing Upper Extremity Functions With SMA Patients

Every patient with SMA has different abilities and deficits as well as different ways of transportation. Most are unable to walk independently, therefore require assistance of some sort. Michael, our patient with SMA, has a power chair that he uses to navigate around....
Rolling From Side To Side – Focusing On Abductor & Adductor Muscles

Rolling From Side To Side – Focusing On Abductor & Adductor Muscles

Patients with SMA often spend the majority of their time either in their wheelchair or in their bed. Since they can be fairly limited to these two places, it is important to increase their independence within those areas. Although my patient with SMA, Michael, will...
Progress After 2 Years Of Physical Therapy Regarding Core And Neck Muscles

Progress After 2 Years Of Physical Therapy Regarding Core And Neck Muscles

With patients that are diagnosed with SMA, they can have a hard time controlling their neck and trunk, which makes it more difficult to be independent with chair mobility, such as ascending and descending ramps, as well as assisting with transfers. When first starting...
Assisted Bridge Exercise Along With Hip Abductor And Adductor Muscle Strengthening (Part 2)

Assisted Bridge Exercise Along With Hip Abductor And Adductor Muscle Strengthening (Part 2)

Working with a patient with SMA is not all that different from working with any other patient. Your plan of care advances and changes while working with the patient and making observations as you see fit to the patient’s overall wellbeing. To get Michael positioned...