Neuromuscular Disorders

People with neuromuscular disorders – including multiple sclerosis, ALS and muscular dystrophy – turn to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) for comprehensive, expert diagnosis and treatment. We are with you every step of the way, from your initial evaluation to treatment and beyond.

At LVHN, you’ll work with board-certified neurologists who specialize in all types of neuromuscular disorders. We provide all the care you need in one place, from advanced diagnostic tests to the full spectrum of treatment for these conditions. 

We work with you to help you achieve your health goals. Our treatments can help prolong your life and help you maintain your independence and mobility.

Neuromuscular disorders are conditions that affect the nerves that control your voluntary muscles, such as those in the legs and arms. They cause muscle weakness and fatigue. 

Most neuromuscular disorders do not have a cure. The goals of treatment are to control symptoms, slow disease progression, help you stay mobile and improve your quality of life.  

Neuromuscular disorder treatment at LVHN: Why choose us?

When you turn to our neurology team, you will find:

  • Specialists with focused expertise: Our neurologists have extensive experience in neuromuscular diseases and a deep knowledge of specific conditions. 
  • Advanced diagnostic testing: We use the latest diagnostic technology, including single-fiber EMG. This sensitive test is not widely available and requires specific expertise to perform.
  • Full spectrum of treatment: Your treatment may include medications, surgical procedures and intravenous (IV) infusions. We work with you to find the treatments that meet your needs.  

Multiple sclerosis (MS) and demyelinating disorders

MS is a disease of the central nervous system. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has designated LVHN as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care. Learn more about our comprehensive, compassionate approach to treating multiple sclerosis

Neuromuscular disorders we treat

We treat patients with many types of neuromuscular disorders.

ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a neurological disorder where the nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain degenerate. 

At LVHN’s ALS Clinic, you’ll meet with a team of dedicated ALS experts. We work with you to help you maintain muscle strength and function. Learn more about ALS.

Guillain-Barré syndrome

This condition develops when the immune system attacks part of the nervous system. Treatment, including medication and plasmapheresis or immunoglobulin (IV infusions of fluids or blood products), focuses on relieving symptoms. Learn more about Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Inflammatory myopathy (myositis)

This autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system attacks the muscle cells. Treatment includes anti-inflammatory medications such as corticosteroids or drugs that suppress the immune system.

Muscular dystrophies 

These genetic disorders cause muscle weakening over time. They mostly affect children. Treatment can be nonsurgical or surgical and aims to prevent deformity and allow the child to function independently. Learn more about muscular dystrophies.

Myasthenia gravis

This autoimmune disorder occurs when antibodies interfere with the communication between nerves and muscles. Treatment options – including medication, IV infusions or surgical removal of the thymus gland (thymectomy) – usually control symptoms. Learn more about myasthenia gravis.

Peripheral neuropathies 

These conditions occur when there is a problem with the nerves that transmit information from your central nervous system to the rest of your body. Treatment typically includes pain relievers.  Learn more about peripheral neuropathies.

Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage that may occur if you have diabetes. You may experience tingling, numbness or pain that starts at the toes or fingers and moves upward. Treatment includes medications, creams and transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation therapy, a noninvasive technique. Learn more about diabetic neuropathy.