Neuromuscular diseases damage the nerves that control muscles. The brain sends messages through the nerves to the muscles telling them to move. Neuromuscular diseases disrupt the messages and affect movement. Over time, muscles can weaken or waste away.
Symptoms of a neuromuscular disease can include:
- Numbness and tingling
- Muscle cramps and twitching
- Problems with balance
- Problems with memory or judgement
- Trouble breathing
- Problems eating and swallowing
Types of neuromuscular diseases include cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, and muscular dystrophies.
If you have a neuromuscular disease, contact a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor) at the University of Miami Health System. We’ll get you moving to your best ability, and stronger than before.
Why Choose UHealth?
Leading neuromuscular programs in South Florida. The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is part of the Kessenich Family Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Center and the Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic for children and adults. Your care comes from one of the most trusted and experienced providers in South Florida.
Specialized, comprehensive services. We have special programs in rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology. From restoring your physical and emotional health, to providing education for prevention and wellness, we’re here for all your needs.
Multispecialty care with teams built around your condition. Our rehabilitation team works closely with orthopedic specialists and surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons, and others to customize your treatment plan. You have access to the latest approaches to managing pain, including minimally invasive and non-surgical treatments like neurostimulation and interventional spine procedures, all in one place. And, you get a faster diagnosis and better care when we’re all working together for you.