Neuromuscular disorders strike 1.5 million Americans every year, causing debilitating symptoms that are often progressive. Because these disorders result from damaged nerve cells that can no longer control the muscles, symptoms often include weakness, paralysis, respiratory distress, sensory changes, balance difficulties, and other problems greatly affecting quality of life. Diagnosis as well as treatment can be extremely difficult and require specialized evaluation beginning with the clinical evaluation and determination of a course of care.
Patients who receive care for a neuromuscular disorder at Virginia Mason's Neuroscience Institute have access to the most complete care possible for their condition. Under one roof are neurologists, neurophysiologists, pathologists, rehabilitation specialists (physiatrists), pulmonologists, rheumatologists, neuropsychologists, surgeons and other specialties that work in concert with physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dieticians, nurse clinicians, and social workers to offer a continuity of care that is as compassionate as it is advanced.
Neuromuscular disorders including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), polyneuropathy, acute and chronic Guillan Barre syndrome, muscular dystrophy, and myasthenia gravis are not curable, but can respond to a variety of treatments intended to slow disease progression and relieve symptoms.
Neuromuscular services at Virginia Mason offer patients specialized care in the diagnosis and treatment of these and other neuromuscular disorders. Physician experts in nerve and muscle diseases provide comprehensive evaluations and access the latest therapies to treat patients and improve their quality of life.
For more information about neuromuscular disorders care, contact Virginia Mason's Neuroscience Institute at (206) 341-0420.