Neuromuscular disease is a very broad term that encompasses many diseases and ailments that directly, via intrinsic muscle pathology, or indirectly, via nerve pathology or impairs the functioning of the muscles.
Neuromuscular diseases are those that affect the muscles and/or their nervous control. In general, problems with nervous control can cause either spasticity or some degree of paralysis depending on the location and the nature of the problem. A large proportion of neurological disorders lead to problems with movement.
Symptoms of muscle disease may include muscular weakness, spasticity or rigidity, loss of muscular control, myoclonus (twitching/ spasming), and myalgia (muscle pain). Diagnostic procedures that may reveal muscular disorders include direct clinical observations (above all), the testing of various chemical and antigen levels in the blood and electromyography (measuring electrical activity in muscles). Diagnostic imaging may be helpful in certain cases, such as those caused by strokes or tumors
Services offered for Neuromuscular disorders
The service is designed to meet the needs of individuals with physical disabilities and/or sensory or cognitive impairments. The facilities enable the highest possible quality treatment and care to be provided to meet the care needs of the individual
- Specialist Rehabilitation Inpatient Programmes
- Challenging Behaviours Management Service
Useful Links about neuromuscular disorders
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