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...
SMA in Mid-March: Clinical Practice Guidelines, Walking and Weakness in Children & More

SMA in Mid-March: Clinical Practice Guidelines, Walking and Weakness in Children & More

This month has seen a surge of publications focused on SMA treatments, with a trend towards optimizing various aspects of nusinersen treatment. Research has also continued in areas related to molecular mechanisms of the disease, clinical manifestations, and management...
Lake-Breaking SMA Treatment Insights You May Have Missed in February

Lake-Breaking SMA Treatment Insights You May Have Missed in February

February wrapped up with a surge of data on SMA, including novel investigations into how combinatorial therapies may provide new advantages to those with the disease. More information on how nusinersen impacts patients has also become available, as have new findings...
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....