Study Addresses Dilemmas Regarding Newborn Screening and SMA Treatment

Study Addresses Dilemmas Regarding Newborn Screening and SMA Treatment

As newborn screening for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) becomes more common, ethical dilemmas will arise about the best treatment strategy for individuals with four copies of the SMN2 gene, a new study contends. The study, “Infants Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular...
Physical Therapy With An SMA Patient During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Physical Therapy With An SMA Patient During The COVID-19 Pandemic

With the pandemic occurring around us, there have been many changes for everyone in everyday life. Physical Therapy is an essential medical practice and has stayed open during this pandemic, but there have been changes made to protect us and our patients. We have...
Motor Gains and Safety with Zolgensma’s IT Use Continue, STRONG Data Show

Motor Gains and Safety with Zolgensma’s IT Use Continue, STRONG Data Show

Young children given a single injection of Zolgensma into the spinal canal continue to show gains in motor function and safety, new interim data from the STRONG trial in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 2 patients up to age 5 show. These findings from the open-label...
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...