Newly Diagnosed: Treatment Strategies for SMA
While there is no cure for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) yet, there are therapeutic approaches that can help to ease symptoms and improve quality of life. Experimental treatments are also being explored that could prove beneficial for patients. Check out the information below to explore more about therapeutic strategies your doctor may recommend and what therapies are in the pipeline for potential future use.
Several treatments have been approved to help manage SMA. These range from symptomatic treatments to those that target the underlying cause of the disease. The type of treatments a patient needs depends on the severity of symptoms and should be determined by a team of healthcare professionals.
There are a number of experimental treatments in the pipeline for the potential treatment of SMA, from those aimed at treating the symptoms of the disease to those that may be able to target the underlying cause of the disease. Eventually, all of this research may even lead to a cure for SMA. Click the link below to learn more about the experimental therapies currently under development.
Non-drug treatments such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, can help strengthen patients’ muscles and improve mobility, as well as contribute to maintaining their quality of life. Other approaches to manage the condition include scoliosis treatment and whole body vibration therapy.