Neuromuscular Disorders

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Your peripheral nervous system lets your brain send signals to the muscles of your arms, legs and other areas of the body so you can interact with the world around you. A neuromuscular disorder makes it harder for those signals to travel between your brain and muscles. That can make even simple movements a challenge.

You don’t have to deal with your neuromuscular disease alone. Our team at Baystate Health is here to help you deal with and overcome the challenges of your condition.

Common Symptoms and Diagnosis of Neuromuscular Disorders

The symptoms of a neuromuscular disorder can vary based on the particular condition. However, if you notice any of the following, ask your doctor if you need a referral or evaluation:

  • Drooping eyelids
  • Muscle pain, aches and cramps
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Problems with balance
  • Trouble swallowing or breathing

If you have one or more of these symptoms, your doctor may refer you to us for an exam and testing. We use advanced technology and techniques to help us accurately diagnose neuromuscular disorders. Learn more about our diagnostic process.

Neuromuscular Disorders We Treat

We care for patients from throughout western Massachusetts who have a vast range of neuromuscular disorders. If we confirm that you have a neuromuscular disorder, you and your care team will work together to create a treatment plan that is personalized for your unique needs and concerns.

Some of the many disorders we treat include:

  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), a condition that involves damage to the coverings of the nerves, called myelin
  • Autoimmune nerve disorders, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Motor neuron disorders, such as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
  • Muscle disorders, such as muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy and other myopathies (diseases of muscle tissue)
  • Neuromuscular junction disorders, such as myasthenia gravis, and neuropathies (nerve conditions) related to other general diseases, such as diabetes
  • Peripheral neuropathy (damage to the nerves in the arms, hands, legs or feet)

Our Partnerships for ALS Treatment and Support

Our team offers a clinic for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). This clinic brings together many specialists and their expertise for effective treatment planning.

We partner with the ALS Association. This association is a national leader in ALS research, care services, support and education.

We’re also a member of the Northeast Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Consortium (NEALS), an international network of healthcare organizations that perform clinical trials in ALS and other motor neuron diseases.

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