Pediatric Orthopedics
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Pediatric Orthopedics

Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Through the UW Health pediatric orthopedic program in Madison, Wisconsin, our interdisciplinary team provides evaluation and management of children with spinal muscular atrophy, with a focus on preventing or correcting scoliosis and preserving lung function.
Treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Treatment for spinal muscular atrophy includes:
  • Physical therapy, rehabilitation and bracing
  • Growth rod placement, which can help straighten and support the spine without cumbersome external bracing
  • Spinal fusion surgery
  • Muscle-release operations to release stiffness and pain from prolonged wheelchair use

Video Profile: Sophia Doebbert

Stricken with spinal muscular atrophy, doctors told Sophia Doebbert's parents she likely wouldn't live to see her third year. American Family Children's Hospital Mary Schroth, MD, subscribed to a more optimistic prognosis.