Conditions We Treat

Neuromuscular disorders are complex and each person’s experience is unique. It’s important to be treated by an experienced multidisciplinary team like that at the Ayer Neuroscience Institute.

Marked by changes in sensation such as numbess or tingling, muscle weakness, trouble moving and balance problems, neuromuscular disorders result when the nerves or muscles in your body don’t function properly. This can disrupt communication between the nervous system and your muscles, affecting the way your muscles work and allowing them to weaken and waste away.

Symptoms of Neuromuscular Disorders

Some symptoms of neuromuscular disorders include:

  • Numbness, tingling or other sensory symptoms
  • Nerve pain
  • Muscle weakness, which can cause cramps, aches and pains, and twitching
  • Difficulty moving
  • Trouble with balance
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle loss
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Vision trouble

Types of Neuromuscular Disorders

Diagnosing Neuromuscular Disorders

To diagnose a neuromuscular disorder, our providers first start with a thorough examination, including medical and family history, and a check of reflexes and muscle strength. From there, the following tests might be ordered:

  • Blood test to look for elevated enzymes
  • MRI scan of the brain and spinal cord
  • Lumbar puncture, also called a spinal tap, to examine the cerebrospinal fluid
  • Electromyogram (EMG) to record the electrical activity in the muscles
  • Nerve conduction study to examine how well signals travel in the body from nerve to muscle
  • Muscle biopsy to examine a sample of muscle tissue more closely
  • Genetic testing to look for gene mutations


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The Ayer Neuroscience Institute

The Ayer Neuroscience Institute works to treat the full range of neurologic conditions. Our mission is more personal - to provide advanced, collaborative services across the state.

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