Neuromuscular Disorders: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

What are neuromuscular disorders/diseases?

Neuromuscular diseases cause problems with the nerves and muscles that affect how a person’s muscles work. Typically causing muscle weakness, neuromuscular disorders may affect:

  • The nerves that control different kinds of muscles

  • The muscles

  • The way the nerves and muscles communicate with each other

What causes neuromuscular disorders/diseases?

Some neuromuscular disorders are genetic or hereditary while others are not. Some may be caused by other diseases or an autoimmune reaction where the body’s immune system attacks itself. Other neuromuscular diseases are caused by injuries, including injuries at birth.

What are the symptoms of a neuromuscular disorder in a child?

Depending on the type of neuromuscular condition, symptoms vary. In most cases, the symptoms get worse over time. The most common signs of a neuromuscular disorder in a child include:

  • Muscle weakness in the arms or legs

  • Loss of balance or trouble walking

  • Problems with movement

  • Loss of reflexes

  • Aches, pains, twitching or cramping in muscles

  • Tingling or numbness

  • Lack of muscle tone or decreased muscle size

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Trouble breathing

  • Droopy eyelids

  • Double vision

At DMG CRS, we have all the medical specialties, therapy programs, and support required to provide comprehensive treatment for children with neuromuscular disorders and their families, including:

We partner with you to understand your health and life goals for your child, educate you on your child’s condition and develop a treatment plan to help your child live to the fullest of their abilities. And we provide it all in one easy-to-access location to help you get quality, convenient care for your family.