Physical / Occupational Therapists

Behavioral Change Techniques Support Patients With Hemophilia

Patients with hemophilia who were given a free gym membership and personal training had increased activity, according to a new study published in Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis. The study showed that adding the personal trainer to the free gym membership motivated the patients to conduct training and maintain physical activity. “This is…

Lifetime Mobility Patterns Associated With Quality of Life in 5q-SMA

Researchers reported how the ability to walk affected the quality of life (QoL) of adults with 5q-spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), as published in a letter to the editor in the journal Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. The evaluation of the Quality of Life in Genetic Neuromuscular Disease (QoL-gNMD) score of adult patients with 5q-SMA…

New Noninvasive Tool Can Monitor Disease Progression in DMD

Passive muscle stiffness increases at multiple stretch levels and correlates with motor function in children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a new study published in the journal Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology found. Therefore, it could be used by itself or in combination with other tests as a noninvasive tool to monitor the progression of…

Nusinersen Improves Fine Manual Dexterity in Patients With SMA Type 2

Two researchers from Chungbuk National University Hospital of Korea have discovered that children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 2 demonstrated improvements in fine manual dexterity after nusinersen treatment, according to a study published in Neuromuscular Disorders in Children and Adolescents. Nusinersen is a treatment that targets defective survival motor neuron (SMN) genes. “Previous research…

Patients With MS Show Measurable Progress During NeuFit Boot Camp

Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who attended an intensive 3-day physical therapy boot camp made measurable progress in regaining lost functional capacities and improving their quality of life, according to results detailed in a press release by NeuFit. The boot camp program utilized a neuromuscular electrical stimulation device called Neubie® and coupled it with functional…

Wheelchair Hockey Can Improve Well-Being for Patients With SMA or DMD

Patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) or Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) who participated in wheelchair hockey had higher physical and psychological well-being scores than patients who did not participate in sports, according to a new Italian study. The results, published in the journal PM&R, found higher scores on the Quality of Life Index (QLI) as…

Rehabilitative Hand Exoskeleton Tested in Patient With Spinal Muscular Atrophy

A new prototype for a hand exoskeleton system (HES) has been designed and tested in a patient with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), as detailed in Frontiers in Neurorobotics. The new HES is intended to provide assistance during activities of daily living as well as telerehabilitation. Researchers from the Mechatronics and Dynamic Modeling Laboratory in the…

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