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Neuromuscular Disorders

What are Neuromuscular Disorders?

This refers to diseases that affect the nerves that control voluntary muscles and the nerves that communicate sensory information back to the brain. There are nine common types of neuromuscular disorders:

Can physiotherapy help people with neuromuscular disorders?

Yes. Physiotherapy is a key part of the treatment plans for people living with neuromuscular disorders and the end goal of physiotherapy is to help you maintain functions for as long as possible.

What are the causes of neuromuscular disorders?

  • Genetic mutation

  • Viral infection

  • Autoimmune disorder

  • Hormonal disorder

  • Metabolic disorder

  • Dietary deficiency

  • Certain drugs and poisons

  • Unknown factors

What are the symptoms of neuromuscular disorders?

  • Muscle weakness that can lead to twitching, cramps, aches and pains

  • Muscle stiffness and spasticity

  • Muscle loss

  • Movement issues

  • Balance problems

  • Numbness, tingling or painful sensations

  • Droopy eyelids

  • Double vision

  • Trouble swallowing

  • Trouble breathing

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