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....
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...
Progress After 2 Years Of Physical Therapy Regarding Core And Neck Muscles

Progress After 2 Years Of Physical Therapy Regarding Core And Neck Muscles

With patients that are diagnosed with SMA, they can have a hard time controlling their neck and trunk, which makes it more difficult to be independent with chair mobility, such as ascending and descending ramps, as well as assisting with transfers. When first starting...
Assisted Bridge Exercise Along With Hip Abductor And Adductor Muscle Strengthening (Part 2)

Assisted Bridge Exercise Along With Hip Abductor And Adductor Muscle Strengthening (Part 2)

Working with a patient with SMA is not all that different from working with any other patient. Your plan of care advances and changes while working with the patient and making observations as you see fit to the patient’s overall wellbeing. To get Michael positioned...
SMA HCP News November Round-up: Risdiplam, Early Treatment, NURTURE Study

SMA HCP News November Round-up: Risdiplam, Early Treatment, NURTURE Study

While the biggest news this week may be the success of the drug risdiplam in improving motor function in a late stage clinical trial on patients with SMA types 2 and 3,1 other important data on SMA have also been published in recent weeks. Below is a roundup of new...
Performing An Assisted Bridge Exercise For Patients With SMA (Part 1)

Performing An Assisted Bridge Exercise For Patients With SMA (Part 1)

With a patient like Michael, who has SMA, it can be a challenge to continue growing their treatment plan by presenting new exercises that help them reach their goals.  Often times we resort to starting a new exercise and modifying it depending on Michael’s...