Timing, experience, know-how needed for successful outcome
Scoliosis and other spinal curvatures are common in neuromuscular diseases and often require surgical correction. Fortunately, today's surgeries are safer and more effective than those of earlier decades. (See Scoliosis Surgery: Setting the Record Straight, January 1997.)
Staying ahead of the curve
You hope it won't be necessary, but it often is: surgery to correct scoliosis, a lateral (side-to-side) curvature of the spine. Scoliosis can occur in almost any neuromuscular condition in which back muscles, which normally keep the spine straight, weaken, but it's particularly common in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
School changes, new equipment among topics for discussion
It's scary to contemplate spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis — for anyone, but especially for a child with a neuromuscular disease, for whom there may be special implications.