Spinal Muscular Atrophy
- 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.