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Neuromuscular diseases are a wide-ranging group of illnesses that affect the nerves and muscles. They can arise following an injury, from other diseases such as diabetes, or from inherited or autoimmune diseases. Neuromuscular diseases can cause pain, weakness, numbness, and sometimes more severe symptoms such as difficulty talking, eating, or breathing.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital features a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, and rehabilitation specialists who are skilled at diagnosing and treating people with a range of neuromuscular diseases, including:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's Disease)
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Myopathy
  • Neuropathy

Our doctors tailor comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation plans for each patient. Psychosocial support is available for patients and their families to help them adapt to living with a chronic neuromuscular disorder. And since neuromuscular diseases are often related to other underlying health problems, our neurologists and neurosurgeons work closely with NewYork-Presbyterian clinicians in other specialties to coordinate care for each patient's specific medical needs.

NewYork-Presbyterian researchers are working in the clinic and in the laboratory to learn more about what causes neuromuscular diseases and to apply this information to the development of novel therapies. Our research programs are among the most robust in the world.

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