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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


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. 

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  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!

    • Dianne Roncal, DMD says:

      Hi Elizabeth, we are very sorry to hear that but still so glad that your daughter is continuously fighting this disease. It would be a big help to find a support group in your area. Also, you might want to check out very inspiring articles written by our columnists who are fighting this disease:

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