Neuromuscular diseases affect the nerves that control your voluntary muscles.Voluntary muscles, such as arms and legs, move when nerves in the brain and spinal cord signal them to move. Certain diseases, some hereditary and some acquired, effect those nerves resulting in progressive muscle weaknesses and problems.
Neuromuscular experts at Hennepin Healthcare evaluate and comprehensively treat neuromuscular disorders such as:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Hereditary muscular disorders such as muscular dystrophy
- Acquired muscular disorders such as polymyositis and dermatomyositis
- Neuromuscular junction Disorders such as myasthenia gravis
The multidisciplinary team of care providers at Hennepin Healthcare specialize in these disorders providing patient care and expertise for these progressive conditions. Compassionate care is delivered to improve patient’s quality of life. As well as patient care, our providers take an active role in research and train the future generation of healthcare providers.
The Neuromuscular Clinic is located within the Neurology Clinic.
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Doctors and technicians have access to unique and advanced testing:
The EMG (electromyography) Lab at Hennepin Healthcare is one of only two EMG labs in Minnesota to be led by two neuromuscular-trained physicians, and receive Accreditation with Exemplary Status by the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Genetic and Antibody Testing
Neuromuscular diseases can be acquired, or they can be hereditary. If myopathy or neuropathy has been identified, genetic and antibody tests help determine the potential causes of a neuromuscular condition.
The autonomic system controls involuntary functions like blood flow and heart rate. Patients with autonomic dysfunction may experience symptoms of dizziness or lightheadedness, racing heart, excessive or absent sweating, or bladder incontinence. Autonomic tests – which are non-invasive and painless – help identify potential autonomic dysfunction and an underlying cause.
This is a hospital-based clinic owned by Hennepin Healthcare. Many insurance plans pay for health care services provided in a hospital-based clinic differently than those provided in a doctor’s office. Your insurance may require that you meet your annual deductible and/or require that you pay a percentage of the bill rather than just an office visit co-payment. You should check with your insurance company if you have any questions. Read the Frequently asked questions about hospital-based clinics to learn more.