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Specialized neuromuscular care for children

Integrating the latest research into our innovative multidisciplinary approach to treatment

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Pediatric Neuromuscular Conditions

Since 1922, when the first Shriners Hospitals for Children location opened to address the effects of the polio virus, we have been helping children with muscular and neuromuscular disorders. As a world-renowned leader in providing specialized pediatric medical care, we integrate the latest clinical and scientific research into our innovative approach to treatment.

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Children with muscular and neuromuscular conditions have varied care needs that are constantly changing with age, growth, and in some cases progression, of the condition. These conditions may cause problems with strength and mobility, and lead to the development of secondary medical concerns. We customize our care plans to treat and support the current needs of the patient and to minimize the development of consequential conditions. Every family we interact with is guided through the treatment process in a warm, collaborative environment that always puts the patient first. Our focus is to help every child meet their potential and live their best life – physically, emotionally and psychologically – during every step of their journey with Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Find a Location Near You

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22 Locations Across North America

Location Specialties
  • Burn Care
  • Craniofacial and Cleft Lip/Palate
  • Neuromuscular
  • Orthopaedics
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Sports Injury and Fractures
  • Therapy and Rehabilitation

Notice: Treatments and services vary by location. Contact nearest hospital for specific details.

Muscular and neuromuscular conditions range in complexity and severity, and they can present in any number of ways. Every patient deserves an individualized treatment plan that meets their unique needs. This is precisely why Shriners Hospitals for Children embraces a multidisciplinary approach.

Some of the pediatric neuromuscular conditions we routinely treat are:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Nerve, muscular and connective tissue disorders, such as:
    • Arthrogryposis
    • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
    • Congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia
    • Distal hereditary motor neuropathies (dHMN)
    • Ehlers-Danlos syndromes
    • Friedreich ataxia
    • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (juvenile inflammatory arthritis), Marfan syndrome
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Neuromuscular scoliosis
    • Spina bifida
    • Spinal muscular atrophy

At Shriners Hospitals for Children, we treat the child, not the condition. We focus on their unique physical, psychological and emotional needs; and at the direction of our pediatric specialists, provide the very best wraparound care available anywhere.

Conditions, treatments and services provided may vary by location. Please consult with the Shriners Hospitals for Children location nearest you. See zip code search feature to the right.

The best medical support services are ones that help patients and their families continue working toward adjustment, healing and recovery. The specific muscular and neuromuscular support services your child's health care team recommends will be guided by the type and severity of the condition. Some patients, for example, may benefit from custom orthotics or serial stretch casting, while others thrive after undergoing physical therapy or surgery. Again, every child's needs are different.

Shriners Hospitals for Children offers diverse muscular and neuromuscular support services, including:

Conditions, treatments and services provided may vary by location. Please consult with the Shriners Hospitals for Children location nearest you. See zip code search feature to the right.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is one of the world's most respected pediatric health care systems, with 22 locations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Telehealth capabilities help our physical locations care for patients from select rural and underdeveloped regions. Additionally, our national and international outreach programs and community clinics reach thousands of children who would not otherwise have access to pediatric specialty care.

What to expect

Our priority is our patients, which is why each and every family is always met with compassion, hope and respect. We understand that many families are navigating complex medical issues, and Shriners Hospitals for Children works hard to make the journey as easy as possible.

Insurance and payment information

Most major insurance providers are accepted; however, insurance coverage is not required for care. Any child under 18 with a medical condition or medical need that is within the health care system’s scope of services, is eligible for care. Shriners Hospitals for Children offers financial assistance to those in need.

Before your appointment

Prior to your first visit, be sure to gather any medical records and documents, assistive technology or adaptive devices that may be relevant to the health care team.

This checklist should be helpful when preparing for your first appointment:

  • List of current medications your child is taking
  • X-rays or other diagnostic images/reports
  • Your child’s primary care and referring physicians' names, addresses, and phone and fax numbers
  • Insurance card and photo ID

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Our team is comprised of some of the world's leaders in the field, including pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, hand surgeons, physiatrists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, physical and occupational therapists, and a wide array of other specialists. Together, we're improving the lives of children and helping them fulfill their dreams.

Since opening its doors nearly a century ago, Shriners Hospitals for Children has cared for 1.4 million children. When it comes to treating rare or complicated muscular and neuromuscular conditions, our team of specialists is armed with extensive experience and the most up-to-date research and technology. We provide compassionate, family-centered care that addresses all aspects of well-being. Our 360-degree approach is aimed at helping kids be kids.

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