Treatment of Spine Deformity in Neuromuscular Diseases

Sukanta Maitra, Rolando Figueroa Roberto, Craig M McDonald, Munish C. Gupta

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Surgical management of spinal deformity in neuromuscular diseases (NMDs) often requires a multidisciplinary approach beginning in the preoperative surgical planning period, owing to concomitant restrictive lung disease and cardiomyopathy in selected NMD conditions. The need for thorough and thoughtful discussions must occur with the family and other caregivers before any scheduled surgery. The decision to proceed with spinal instrumentation may alter functional abilities in weak and marginally ambulatory NMD patients. With care and treatment involving a multidisciplinary team, proper planning, and support, patients will likely experience rewarding outcomes and improved quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)869-883
Number of pages15
JournalPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Spinal deformity
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Surgical management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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