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...
SMA in Mid-March: Clinical Practice Guidelines, Walking and Weakness in Children & More

SMA in Mid-March: Clinical Practice Guidelines, Walking and Weakness in Children & More

This month has seen a surge of publications focused on SMA treatments, with a trend towards optimizing various aspects of nusinersen treatment. Research has also continued in areas related to molecular mechanisms of the disease, clinical manifestations, and management...
Lake-Breaking SMA Treatment Insights You May Have Missed in February

Lake-Breaking SMA Treatment Insights You May Have Missed in February

February wrapped up with a surge of data on SMA, including novel investigations into how combinatorial therapies may provide new advantages to those with the disease. More information on how nusinersen impacts patients has also become available, as have new findings...
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....
SMA HCP Roundup, mid-February: X-linked infantile SMA, Risdiplam News & More

SMA HCP Roundup, mid-February: X-linked infantile SMA, Risdiplam News & More

Research on SMA continues to forge ahead in 2020, with new results in from Roche’s latest investigation into its oral SMA drug, risdiplam. New tools for screening are being revealed as legislative changes are pushing more and more toward requiring infants born in the...
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...