UNM Health’s neuromuscular program aims to diagnose, manage, and provide high quality care for patients with disorders of peripheral nerve, muscle and neuromuscular junction. Located within the Clinical Neurosciences Center at UNM Hospital, our program includes the neuromuscular clinic, the adult and pediatric Muscular Dystrophy Association clinics, the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) clinic, electromyography (EMG) laboratory, and ultrasound laboratory. We also work closely with the pathology department to provide neuropathology services.
Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic
Our MDA clinic is sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association and addresses over 40 disorders including:
- Muscular dystrophies
- Congenital myopathies
- Inflammatory myopathies
- Hereditary neuropathies
- Myasthenia gravis
- Motor neuron disorders
We have both a pediatric MDA clinic and an adult MDA clinic, and we are currently developing a transitional clinic for individuals moving from the pediatric clinic to the adult one. We serve the entire population of New Mexico and bordering regions. We have a multidisciplinary team including a neurologist, physical therapist, nurse coordinator, and social worker. We work closely with the local MDA chapter to provide quality care and services for people living with these neuromuscular disorders.
UNM Health’s ALS clinic is sponsored both by the ALS Association and the MDA. We have a close collaboration with both foundations, which allows us to hold multidisciplinary clinics that serve patients in New Mexico and neighboring Southwest who have been diagnosed with motor neuron disease (ALS, PLS and related disorders). Our team includes neurologists, a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, dietitian, respiratory therapist and social worker. For more information you may contact either the local ALS chapter or the local MDA chapter.
The EMG laboratory at UNM Health has state-of-the-art equipment where nerve conduction studies and EMG tests are performed to help diagnose diseases of the peripheral nerve, neuromuscular junction and muscle. We have physicians certified in both electrodiagnostic medicine and neuromuscular medicine.
Our neuromuscular team works closely with the neuropathologist to interpret muscle and nerve biopsies, which aid in the diagnosis of neuromuscular diseases. Our physicians meet regularly with the neuropathologist to review cases and facilitate diagnoses.
To schedule an appointment with one of our clinics (pediatric and adult MDA, ALS, general neuromuscular, OPMD), please call our neuromuscular clinic coordinator and nurse at 505-272-3160.