physical therapy

The benefits of standers for children are clear

posted on January 1, 2009 - 2:31pm
Ten-year-old Morgan Fritz of St. Peters, Mo., received a spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) diagnosis when she was 15 months old. Three months later, she began a standing program, and she’s kept at it ever since.
posted on January 1, 2011 - 4:00pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 1
Susan Perlman, M.D., director of the Ataxia Clinic, Department of Neurology, University of California-Los Angeles, is a neurologist who’s been doing research in, and taking care of individuals with, Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) for some 30 years. In November 2010, she talked with Margaret Wahl, MDA’s medical and science editor.

People of different ages and different muscle disease symptoms describe their exercise routines

posted on April 1, 2009 - 7:08am
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 2
Breathing Easier In September 2008, Mary Gallo, 38, learned about a local pulmonary rehabilitation gym called Oxygym. She contacted her pulmonologist, who wrote a prescription for Oxygym’s restrictive lung program.

The benefits of standers for children are clear

posted on January 1, 2009 - 2:31pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 1
Ten-year-old Morgan Fritz of St. Peters, Mo., received a spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) diagnosis when she was 15 months old. Three months later, she began a standing program, and she’s kept at it ever since.

A triple option for ambulation

posted on November 1, 2007 - 4:36pm
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 6
More than 6 million Americans, including many with neuromuscular diseases, use mobility devices such as walkers, canes and crutches to assist them with getting around. The type of device people should use depends on how much assistance they require with weight support and balance. Deciding on the right device calls for expert consultation and some product comparisons.

People of every ability can practice yoga for fun and fitness

posted on May 1, 2007 - 2:36pm
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 3
Kathy Senecal helps Keith Mullinar, who has inclusion-body myositis, do the pawanmuktasana pose, or seated side stretch.

Move it, stretch it, flex it, lift it, hit the water — just say YES to exercise

posted on May 1, 2007 - 1:52pm
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 3
Why should having a neuromuscular disease exclude you from exercise and all its benefits? Perhaps you’re not aware of what forms of exercise you can do, given your abilities. Maybe you have questions and doubts about the intimidating prospects of starting an exercise routine. Or perhaps you’re in the “What good will it do me?” frame of mind.

Getting your child to go with the flow

posted on July 1, 2006 - 4:42am
QUEST Vol. 13, No. 4
A wise teenager once said, “I think in order to motivate people, you have to kind of know how they work, and it’s different for every person.” Krista Fincke of Tarpon Springs, Fla., has experience with not wanting to do physical therapy (PT), take her medications or wear her ankle-foot orthotics (AFOs).