UW Health's Neuromuscular Program addresses both the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of nerve and muscle disorders. Services are delivered by a collaborative team of physicians and other health care providers with expertise in neuromuscular disease.
Physician referrals are required for appointments in the Neuromuscular Clinic.
Some of the conditions that are evaluated by the Neuromuscular Program team are:
- Symptoms of sensory changes, muscle weakness, etc.
- Anterior horn cell disorders (e.g., amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS)
- Peripheral neuropathies
- Neuromuscular transmission defects such as myasthenia gravis
- Primary muscle diseases
- Muscular dystrophies
- Nerve compressions, including back pain
- Small fiber neuropathies
The Neuromuscular Program provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment to patients with nerve and muscle pathology. Our program is staffed by board certified neurologists specifically trained in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders. Clinic nursing staff is experienced in providing care and education to patients and their families to meet goals of treatment. Technical staff have years of experience in providing the latest in diagnostic neurophysiology testing and muscle and nerve pathological testing.
As part of the UW Health network, the Neuromuscular Program has the opportunity to utilize the latest in services and clinics for the diagnosis and treatment of nerve and muscle pathology. These services include:
- Neuromuscular Clinic: Patients see a physician who specializes in neuromuscular care. This clinic is affiliated with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
- Multidisciplinary Neuromuscular Clinic: also MDA-affilliated, this half-day evaluation may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, swallowing specialists, communication augmentation specialists, respiratory therapists, social workers, nurses and physicians. Recommendations of all specialists are incorporated into a comprehensive treatment plan (referral from UW Hospital and Clinics neuromuscular specialist required).
- Electromyography and Nerve Conduction (EMG/NCS) Laboratory
- Muscle and Nerve Laboratory services, including nerve biopsy, muscle biopsy and skin biopsies for small fiber neuropathies
- Genetic screening and counseling
- Referral to swallow studies and pulmonary function testing
- Coordination of rehabilitation services including physical and occupational therapy
- Referral to home care, social services and hospice care