How Physical Therapists Can Help Children With Neuromuscular Disorders


In this video from MoveForwardPT, a physical therapist (PT) from the Children’s National Medical Center talks about the role PTs play in optimizing movement for children with muscular dystrophy (MD) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

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A pediatric physical therapist helps children with MD and SMA maintain skills and to adjust to compensate for muscle weakness. They also teach them to use various technologies and equipment to achieve everyday tasks such as walking, standing, and eating, which helps patients retain their independence for as long as possible.

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