3 Main Spinal Muscular Atrophy Symptoms



3. Curvature of the Spine

Scoliosis or curvature of the spine is a common symptom of spinal muscular atrophy. Usually affecting those who have either type 2 or 3 SMA, the curvature occurs because the muscles in the back are not strong enough to fully support the spine as the child grows.

Scoliosis can be corrected by surgery but before this, wearing a back brace can help keep the spine rigid as the bones grow.

Researchers design exoskeleton for SMA children to help them walk for the first time. Find out more. 

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  1. Can you also elaborate more on a very rare form of SMA called Scapuloperoneal Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SPSMA? My daughter and I both have this neuromuscular disorder and were genetically tested and shown to carry the TRPV4 gene mutation. This type of SMA is rarely spoken about and has specific symptoms such as;
    Vocal cord paralysis
    Absence of muscle
    Muscle wasting of hands and feet
    Scapular winging
    Leg weakness
    Pes cavus foot
    Absence of reflexes

  2. Hosanna Gapas says:

    Having this kind of decease is really hard,you miss a lot things like simple walking, or even the activities in school. I see it on my little boy everytime that there’s a program in the school he can’t join.but you can see to him how much he wanted to join.

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