Neuromuscular Program

About Our Neuromuscular Program:

Neuromuscular disorders affect the nerves that control voluntary muscles and the nerves that communicate sensory information back to the brain. Our team of experts diagnose and treat neuromuscular diseases such as Demyelinating Diseases, Hemifacial Spasm, Myasthenia Gravis, Myopathies, Myositis, Neuropathies and more. Many of these disorders are treatable if the treatment is initiated early and appropriately. In fact, further disability can be stopped and potentially reversed. Finding out the exact nature of the disorder will also allow you to understand all the implications of the disease and, if it’s hereditary, what it might mean for your family and offspring. NCD provides diagnostic testing, treatments and neurorehabilative therapies to give our patients the best quality of life possible.

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Our Neuromuscular Disorders Team:

While all of our physicians diagnose and treat general neuromuscular disorders, we have a few physicians that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases.

There are many neuromuscular disorders that should be diagnosed and treated by a trained neurologist. These disorders result in muscle weakness and fatigue that progress over time. Some neuromuscular disorders have symptoms that begin in infancy, while others may appear in childhood or even adulthood. Symptoms will depend on the type of neuromuscular disorder and the areas of the body that are affected.

Our team diagnoses and treats neuromuscular disorders in adults.

Some symptoms common to neuromuscular disorders include:

  • Muscle weakness that can lead to twitching, cramps, aches and pains
  • Muscle loss
  • Movement and/or Balance problems
  • Numbness, tingling or painful sensations
  • Ptosis: Droopy eyelids 
  • Double vision
  • Trouble swallowing &/or breathing

A physician will examine the patient and take a medical and family history. Checking a patient’s reflexes and muscle strength, as well as evaluating other symptoms, may lead a physician to order other diagnostic tests, including:

  • Blood tests to check for elevated enzymes
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the brain and spinal cord done in our clinic
  • Lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to check cerebrospinal fluid
  • Electromyography (EMG) to record the electrical activity of each muscle 
  • Nerve conduction studies to see how well signals travel from nerve to muscle
  • Muscle biopsy to examine a sample of muscle tissue under a microscope
  • Genetic testing to confirm gene mutations

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