Neuromuscular

The Neuromuscular Division specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nerves and muscles. We provide comprehensive assessment of patients with neuropathy, myopathy (inherited and inflammatory), myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophy, and autonomic disorders.

Symptoms

Symptoms that suggest neuromuscular disease include:

  • Progressive weakness
  • Loss of muscle bulk
  • Muscle twitching
  • Numbness and pain in the feet and hands

Neuromuscular specialists have advanced training to perform electromyograms (EMG). This test is an important measure used to diagnose nerve and muscle diseases. This test records the electrical activities in the affected nerve and muscle which provides valuable information about the condition to guide treatment.

Evaluation

A Neuromuscular evaluation begins with a thorough consultation in our clinic. This includes review of outside study results, a detailed medical history and physical examination. Upon completion of the exam, blood tests and an EMG may be requested.

In certain cases, a biopsy may be requested to obtain more information. The Neuromuscular Clinic at Upstate Bone & Joint Center offers needle muscle biopsy service for diagnosis of myopathy. We collaborate with colleagues in the Pathology Department for interpretation of muscle and nerve biopsies.

The MDA Care Center

Upstate Medical University Neuromuscular physicians collaborate with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The MDA Care Center utilizes a multidisciplinary team approach.  Patients receive comprehensive care from a variety of knowledgeable health care specialists during their visit. A MDA Family Care Specialist is present on clinic days to answer questions, coordinate MDA referrals or assist with community resource referrals.

Providers

Deborah Y Bradshaw, MD, FAAN
Deborah Y Bradshaw, MD, FAAN

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Neurology; Clinical Neurophysiology; Neuromuscular Medicine; Diabetes and Nerve Damage; Guillain Barre Syndrome; Muscular Dystrophy (MD); more

Ahmed El Dokla, MD
Ahmed El Dokla, MD

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Neurology; Neuromuscular Medicine; Electrodiagnostic Medicine; Guillain Barre Syndrome; Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM); Lou Gehrig's Disease; more

Laura E Simionescu, MD
Laura E Simionescu, MD

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Neurology; Electrodiagnostic Medicine; Lou Gehrig's Disease; Neuromuscular Disease; Clinical Trials; Electromyography (EMG); more

Michael L Vertino, MD
Michael L Vertino, MD

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Neurology; Clinical Neurophysiology; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Epilepsy; Essential Tremor; Lou Gehrig's Disease; more

Eufrosina I Young, MD
Eufrosina I Young, MD

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Clinical Neurophysiology; Lou Gehrig's Disease; Electromyography (EMG)

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