The Neuromuscular Clinic, sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), offers an interdisciplinary team approach toward initial diagnosis and management of children with several nerve and muscle disorders. The clinical team consists of neuromuscular disease specialists, physical therapists, speech therapists, dieticians, and equipment vendors.
This clinic is located in The Vanderbilt Clinic (map) at 1301 Medical Center Drive, one building north from Children's Hospital.
Most neuromuscular diseases are amenable to rapid and accurate diagnosis by clinical examination and analysis of laboratory tests.
The first step in medical care is determining the nature of the disease. The MDA clinic team can perform complete diagnostic examinations, including all pertinent laboratory tests. Some of these tests are extensive, but most are done on an outpatient basis. Information about genetic-based diagnostic testing is also available at the MDA clinic.
Your primary care physician must provide a referral to the clinic, along with insurance authorization.
To scheduling, cancel, or change an appointment, please call (615) 936-0060 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Please provide your child’s full name, date of birth, social security number, parents’ names, and home address(es).
Should you need to cancel after hours, call the number listed above. Please leave a message that states your child’s full name, date of birth, and a telephone number where you may be reached.
Whenever possible, the patient should be dressed in a jersey and shorts so that muscles are easily examined. Durable medical equipment vendors are in the clinic at each visit to help select and repair equipment. We also have a “loaner closet” of certain items if you must wait for delivery of permanent equipment.
Once a diagnosis has been made, follow-up treatment and visits will be determined. Our clinic has direct access to specialists in orthopaedic surgery, occupational therapy, and social services, should they become part of your follow-up schedule.
Our MDA clinic team also recommends and administers follow-up medical care for neuromuscular disorders, including disease management, periodic re-evaluations, physical therapy, and genetic counseling. Additional resources are also available, such as support groups, social services, and assistance with transportation.
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