5 Treatments to Help Manage SMA

While there is currently no cure for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), there are ways to manage the disease to improve the quality of life for the patients. Here are some of the treatments available for SMA patients according to the UK National Health Service.

1. Exercise

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Exercise is extremely important for SMA patients to help keep the joints flexible, maintain circulation, prevent muscle shortening, and increase movement range. However, the amount of exercise a patient can handle will vary greatly depending on the severity and type of the condition. Most SMA patients will need the help of a physiotherapist or occupational therapist.

Regular exercise is believed to protect motor neurons in spinal muscular atrophy animal study. Read more here. 

One comment

  1. Elizabeth Brimi says:

    My daughter Catherine Ann has the 2 SMA and according to doctors at a early age predicted she wouldn’t live past 5 and now 35 yrs old and living with me! My questions are related to extend pain and we are needing help to motivate her to do more activities but always says no! She is extremely heavy for me to even lift! She is very intelligent and worries about the babies born with SMA! Wants to advocate for families. Please help in anyway!

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