Hip Flexor Stretching For Patients With SMA

Hip Flexor Stretching For Patients With SMA

In previous articles, we have discussed different techniques for manual stretching to improve functional mobility and range of motion for Michael, my patient with SMA. We have discussed the importance of maintaining and increasing range of motion in joints such as...
Spinraza-Zolgensma Combination Well-tolerated in Children with SMA Type 1, Study Shows

Spinraza-Zolgensma Combination Well-tolerated in Children with SMA Type 1, Study Shows

Combining Spinraza (nusinersen) with the gene therapy Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi) is generally well-tolerated and sustains motor improvements in children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, according to a case series study. The data, which...
Edema Reduction Massage In SMA Patients

Edema Reduction Massage In SMA Patients

As we’ve discussed in previous articles, most patients with SMA sit in a wheelchair all day, therefore increasing the likelihood of experiencing increased swelling in their feet and ankles. For able-bodied individuals, when they walk, their legs are in a gravity...
Reality of SMA and Physical Therapy

Reality of SMA and Physical Therapy

Before meeting Michael, my patient with SMA, I had a lack in knowledge of what SMA really was, and what kind of goals were realistic to set for him to meet. I had no idea what my expectations should be regarding his progress and how to meet those expectations. I was...
Respiratory Weakness in SMA Most Pronounced in Childhood, Study Finds

Respiratory Weakness in SMA Most Pronounced in Childhood, Study Finds

Lung function in people with earlier-onset forms of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) tends to decline gradually throughout childhood and stabilizes in early adulthood, according to data from a population-based natural history study. The study, “Natural history of lung...
Lung Ultrasound Reliable Option to Chest X-rays for Monitoring Children

Lung Ultrasound Reliable Option to Chest X-rays for Monitoring Children

Lung ultrasound is a safe and reliable bedside tool to detect atelectasis (partial lung collapse) early in children with neuromuscular diseases, including spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a study suggests. This radiation-free method could be used to monitor lung health...
SBMA Seen to Affect Skeletal Muscles First, Not Motor Neurons

SBMA Seen to Affect Skeletal Muscles First, Not Motor Neurons

Although a disease of motor neurons, nerve cells of the spinal cord and brainstem, the earliest signs of spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) are in skeletal muscles, according to data from a mouse study. These findings suggest that changes in muscle strength and...