Neuromuscular and Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Leading-edge Treatment for Neuromuscular and Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Loyola Medicine provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients with neuromuscular and peripheral nerve disorders, which affect sensory nerves and motor neurons. 

Motor nerves govern your voluntary muscles, which are the ones that are under your control like your arms or legs; and sensory nerves convey information such as pain, temperature, touch, vibration and position. Many of these conditions are genetic disorders, which run in families. In other cases, they are caused by a gene mutation. 

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms that may be due to a neuromuscular or peripheral nerve disorder, you want an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible. Our neurology team is dedicated to treating patients with these disorders:

  • ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Autonomic neuropathy
  • Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Hereditary neuropathies
  • HIV neuropathy
  • Inherited peripheral neuropathy
  • Motor neuron disease
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Myopathy
  • Neuromuscular junction disorders
  • Peripheral nerve injuries and disorders
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Post-polio muscular atrophy
  • Radial neuropathy
  • Radiculopathies
  • Small fiber sensory neuropathy
  • Toxic neuropathy, caused by poison exposure
  • Ulnar neuropathy
  • Vasculitic neuropathy​

Our highly experienced team will determine what is causing your symptoms and deliver the highest quality of care. Loyola’s compassionate team will guide you through diagnosis, treatment and beyond.

Why Choose Loyola for the Treatment of Neuromuscular and Peripheral Nerve Disorders?

Loyola’s compassionate team understands that neuromuscular and peripheral nerve disorders can be life-changing not only for the patient, but also for family members. Loyola takes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care and provides support services for patients and families. Loyola's neurology and neurosurgery departments are nationally recognized for providing exceptional care in an academic setting, training future leaders in neurology and neurosurgery. 

As an academic medical center, Loyola provides compassionate, exceptional care to patients and trains future leaders in neurology and neurosurgery. Our neurologists are board certified in clinical neurophysiology and are experts in performing nerve conduction studies and EMG to correctly diagnose these disorders. 

Our neuro intensive care unit is equipped with continuous EEG and video monitoring for adults and children and is staffed by certified technologists and trained neurology nurses, who have earned Magnet status.

How are Neuromuscular and Peripheral Nerve Disorders Diagnosed?

The symptoms of neuromuscular and peripheral nerve disorders vary depending on each condition and may include:

  • Aches and pains
  • Cramps
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Double vision
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Joint and movement problems
  • Loss of feeling
  • Numbness
  • Paralysis
  • Progressive muscle weakness
  • Rigidity
  • Tingling
  • Twitching​

Your neurologist will take a detailed personal and medical history and conduct a thorough physical checkup and neurological examination. We offer the latest in nerve conduction, imaging tests and other diagnostic technologies to identify neuromuscular and peripheral nerve disorders. Your evaluation may include:

  • Electroneuromyography, or ENMG
  • Muscle biopsy
  • Nerve biopsy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS

Treatment Options for Neuromuscular and Peripheral Disorders

Many neuromuscular and peripheral nerve disorders are treatable if the treatment is initiated early on. Treatment will depend on your particular condition, and may include:

Loyola’s memory disorders clinic will work with you and your family to address memory loss that may occur as a result of neurodegenerative diseases.

Continuous Improvement of Future Neuromuscular and Peripheral Nerve Disorder Treatments

As an academic medical center, Loyola Medicine is dedicated to improving future treatments by conducting research on new medications and protocols. Loyola’s patients benefit from our research discoveries; read about Loyola’s current clinical trials.