Physical therapy and rehabilitation programs are vital for the ongoing care of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients. Many of the exercises can be done in the home by the caregiver and others will need trained physiotherapists to assess the progression of the disease.
We’ve put together a list of ways physical therapy and rehabilitation can benefit SMA patients with help from the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Clinical Research Centre at Columbia University.
Improves Muscle and Bone Strength
Rehabilitation and physical therapy can help SMA patients improve their bone strength and in some cases, it can help slow down the rate of muscle deterioration. This can be done by weight-bearing, either standing alone or using a harness or other device to help.