An Inside Look at UW Health's Neuromuscular Program
UW Health is proud to offer a dedicated Neuromuscular Program to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment to patients with nerve and muscle pathology. Located at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, it is one of the largest programs of its kind in the area.
The UW Health Neuromuscular Program is staffed by board certified neurologists specifically trained in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders. Clinic nursing staff is experience in providing care and education to patients and their families to meet set goals of treatment. The technical staff have years of experience in providing the latest in diagnostic neuropsychology testing and muscle and nerve pathological testing.
Patients can be referred to the UW Health Neuromuscular Program based on symptoms as well as a possible diagnosis. Some of the conditions that are evaluated by the Neuromuscular Program team include:
- Symptoms of numbness, muscle weakness, muscle atrophy and pain
- Anterior horn cell disorders (e.g., Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) )
- Peripheral neuropathies
- Neuromuscular transmission defects such as Myasthenia Gravis
- Primary muscle diseases
- Muscular dystrophies
As part of the UW Health network of medical specialties, the UW Health Neuromuscular Program utilizes the latest in services for the diagnosis and treatment of nerve and muscle pathology. These services include:
- Neuromuscular Clinic – your patients can see a physician who specializes in neuromuscular care. This clinic is affiliated with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and MDA staffers are available for consultation about services as needed.
- Multidisciplinary Neuromuscular Clinic (also MDA affiliated) – half-day evaluation by many disciplines including physical therapists, occupational therapists, swallowing specialists, communication augmentation specialists, respiratory specialists, 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 Study Laboratory
As one of the largest Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Study (EMG/NCS) Laboratories in the area, we see over 2,000 patients a year, they can be referred to us by nearly every specialty. We offer the latest in electrodiagnostic testing with state-of-the-art equipment.
Our EMG/NCS laboratory performs procedures from routine nerve conduction studies and EMG to more complex electrodiagnostics such as neuromuscular junction testing, single fiber EMG, laryngeal EMG, autonomic studies and movement disorder analysis.
Our medical and nursing professionals are experts in developing and utilizing the latest in testing protocols. Our electrodiagnostic procedures are subject to continual quality evaluation and improvement, not only in testing sensitivity but in patient safety and satisfaction.
At the UW Hospital and Clinics EMG/NCS Laboratory, you will find advanced interpretive methods which can diagnose ALS, anterior horn cell disease, spinal muscle atrophy, polio, muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, myopathy, neuropathies, radiculopathies, plexopathies and cranial nerve disorders.
Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Study Laboratory Providers:
Muscle and Nerve Laboratory
The Muscle and Nerve Laboratory at UW Hospital and Clinics is staffed by two myologists/neurologists and one neuropathologist. These specialists provide complete diagnostic interpretation of muscle and nerve biopsies along with punch skin biopsy for epidermal nerve fiber density analysis. In addition, two full-time technologists offer outstanding services to patients in histology, enzyme histochemistry, immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy of muscle, nerve and punch skin biopsy tissues.
Muscle, nerve and punch skin biopsy specimens from outside hospitals or surgical facilities may be referred to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Muscle and Nerve Laboratory for processing, staining and interpretation.
For more information or questions concerning our services, please contact the Muscle and Nerve Laboratory at (608) 263-9184.