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Muscle ultrasound may help to monitor SMA progression: Study

Muscle abnormalities observed with ultrasound imaging correlated with motor function in people with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in a recent study. While the findings varied somewhat by muscle group and SMA type, ultrasound data generally indicated SMA patients exhibited muscle atrophy and signs of fat and connective tissue…

EMG helps track progress for SMA patients in physical therapy

Electromyography (EMG)  is a test done with electrodes and/or needles inserted into or onto specific muscles to assess muscle activation at rest and during contraction. For Michael, my patient who has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), we performed an EMG on different muscle groups to assess resting and activation…

Physical therapy can help SMA patients increase lung capacity

Michael, a patient who has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), has experienced reductions and increases in his lung capacity throughout his life due to his genetic disorder. This is a common occurrence in this population due to the disease’s progression on the muscles responsible for respiration. Just recently, this…