Neuromuscular Disorders

The term "neuromuscular disorders" describes a group of diseases that cause a gradual deterioration of nerve cells that control movement. As nerve cells become unhealthy and die, communication is lost to the muscles, and then the muscles themselves begin to weaken. The weakness can lead to twitching, cramps, aches and pains, and joint discomfort. These disorders primarily affect muscles you use for movement, the so-called voluntary muscles that are attached to the skeleton, but can affect breathing and heart muscles too.
While many neuromuscular disorders have a genetic (inherited) component, not all do, such as diabetic neuropathy, which is an acquired condition as a result of diabetes.
Neurologists at Lehigh Valley Health Network are prepared to help you through diagnosis, treatment and if appropriate, physical rehabilitation for your neuromuscular disorder. There is no cure for these conditions, but the goal for treatment is to increase mobility and ultimately the quality of your life.

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