Neuromuscular medicine

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Neuromuscular medicine is a subspecialty of neurology and physiatry that focuses the diagnosis and management of neuromuscular diseases. The field encompasses issues related to both diagnosis and management of these conditions, including rehabilitation interventions to optimize the quality of life of individuals with these conditions.[1] This field encompasses disorders that impact both adults and children. Neuromuscular disease can be caused by autoimmune disorders,[2] genetic or hereditary disorders[1] such as channelopathies,[3] or neurodegenerative diseases.[4] Because they frequently have no cure, the focus is managing the condition to provide improvements in the patients quality.[1] Rehabilitation robotics is a new frontier for neurological rehabilitation treatments.

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The tools used to diagnose neuromuscular disorders include nerve and muscle biopsies, electromyography, nerve conduction studies, and molecular and genetic tests.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c McDonald, C. M.; Fowler Jr, W. M. (2019-10-01). "The Role of the Neuromuscular Medicine and Physiatry Specialists in the Multidisciplinary Management of Neuromuscular Disease". Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America. 23 (3): 475–493. doi:10.1016/j.pmr.2012.06.010. PMC 3482408. PMID 22938874.
  2. ^ Kraker, Jessica; a. Zivkovic, Sasa (2011). "Autoimmune Neuromuscular Disorders". Current Neuropharmacology. 9 (3): 400–8. doi:10.2174/157015911796558000. PMC 3151594. PMID 22379454.
  3. ^ Kim, June-Bum (January 2014). "Channelopathies". Korean Journal of Pediatrics. 57 (1): 1–18. doi:10.3345/kjp.2014.57.1.1. ISSN 1738-1061. PMC 3935107. PMID 24578711.
  4. ^ "Neuromuscular Medicine". 2019-10-01. Archived from the original on 2019-10-01. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  5. ^ "ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Neuromuscular Medicine" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2015-01-19.

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