Weak Trunk Muscles, Spine Problems Need Early Attention in SMA

Weak Trunk Muscles, Spine Problems Need Early Attention in SMA

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Weak Trunk Muscles, Spine Problems Need Early Attention in SMA

Children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) who have spine deformities or weak trunk muscles are more likely than others to have substantial limits to functional abilities and life activities, a study in patients ages 6 months to 15 years reported. Strengthening trunk muscles through regular exercise and physical therapy programs, and preventing spine problems like scoliosis should be priorities in treating SMA children, its investigators said. Researchers noted recent advances in disease-modifying treatments for SMA,…

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