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...
Benefits of Long Sitting Unsupported In a Patient With SMA

Benefits of Long Sitting Unsupported In a Patient With SMA

When working with a patient with SMA, you will most likely find that their sitting balance is not optimal while sitting unsupported, due to a lack of core strength. While every patient has different strengths and weaknesses, as well as abilities and disabilities, it...