Neuromuscular disorders affect coordination between the brain and muscles

There are many neuromuscular disorders that impact the interaction between the nerves and muscles, also known as the neuromuscular system. These conditions can cause muscles to become weak and deteriorate and must be managed to preserve muscle function and quality of life.

Members of our neuroscience team are experts in treating many of these neuromuscular disorders, including muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and myasthenia gravis.

Neuromuscular disease symptoms and causes

Many neuromuscular disorders are either inherited or caused by gene mutations. But regardless of the cause, they often share these common neuromuscular disease symptoms:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle twitching
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain


Neuromuscular disorders treatment options

Neuromuscular disorders generally require long-term, ongoing care to help limit disability and improve quality of life. Baylor Scott & White Health has neuroscience specialists who can help manage the symptoms and impacts of these conditions throughout your life. Neuromuscular treatment options include:

  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Braces
  • Counseling
  • Removal of the thyroid glands
  • Plasmapheresis, a procedure in which some of your blood plasma is exchanged for another fluid
  • Clinical trials (when appropriate)