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What are Neuromuscular Disorders?

Neuromuscular disorders refer to problems that affect nerves controlling voluntary muscles—the ones we use to move parts of our body. The most common symptom of these wide-ranging diseases is muscle weakness.

UR Medicine's Treatments for Neuromuscular Disorders

Our Neuromuscular Disease Center provides diagnosis and treatment for both adults and children. The Neuromuscular Disease Center includes several specialty clinics:

Our neuromuscular laboratories include the University of Rochester Neurology EMG laboratory, which uses state-of-the art ultrasound, and the Neuromuscular Pathology laboratory offering muscle, nerve, and skin biopsy (small fiber neuropathy) diagnostic services.

Video: Dr. Charles Thornton studies myotonic dystrophy—a common adult form of muscular dystrophy. Working with patients, their families, fellow scientists, and biotech companies, Dr. Thornton is searching for new and innovative ways to improve the lives of individuals with this disease.

What Sets Us Apart?

Our team of experts at the Neuromuscular Disease Center specialize in what’s needed to care for all forms of childhood and adult childhood neuromuscular disease. We coordinate care tailored to the needs of patients and families, in partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

As part of an academic medical center, our clinicians are also active in research, serving as Principal Investigators for national and international multi-center trials. URMC has been home to:

Our faculty study disorders including ALS, Charcot Marie Tooth Neuropathies (CMT), Muscular Dystrophy, Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD), and Spinal Muscular Atrophy.


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3 locations

Neurology - Rochester

Ambulatory Care Center at Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, 1st Floor
Rochester, NY 14642

Neuromuscular Electromyography and Nerve Conduction (EMG) Lab - Brighton

Clinton Crossings, Building C
919 Westfall Road, Suite 210
Rochester, NY 14618

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