Neuromuscular Disorders

What Is a Neuromuscular Disorder?

A neuromuscular disorder affects muscle function due to problems with the nerves and muscles in the body. Neuromuscular disorders can cause problems with muscles, the nerves that control muscles and the communication between the two. Most people with neuromuscular disorders experience muscle weakness, twitching, spasms or pain.

Neuromuscular disorders can be inherited, caused by immune system disorders or a spontaneous gene mutation. Common neuromuscular disorders include multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, ALS and spinal muscular atrophy.

What Neuromuscular Disorders Does Banner Treat?

The staff at Banner Health are experts in brain health. You can rest easy knowing Banner Health’s compassionate staff is committed to providing excellent care to get our patients back to the activities they love.

Banner Health offers treatment for a multitude of neurological issues, including the following neuromuscular disorders:

Neuromuscular Testing and Diagnosis

Testing and diagnosis for neuromuscular disorders include examining the patient and getting their medical and family history. Exams for these disorders typically include checking reflexes and muscle tests.

Once these physical exams are complete, your doctor may also want to perform other diagnostic tests like an MRI, spinal tap, blood tests, genetic testing or an EMG.

Neuromuscular Disorder Treatment Options

There is no cure for neuromuscular disorders, but treatment can help manage, and in some cases, improve symptoms.

Common treatments for neuromuscular disorders include:

  • Surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Education and counseling

At Banner Health, we provide the most advanced care for conditions impacting the brain. Our expert team of world-renowned neurologists are here to help you with any neuromuscular disorder needs.