The Neuromuscular Clinic for Muscle Disorders at Children's Hospital Colorado

Contact Info

Contact the Neuromuscular Clinic:

Clinical Care Coordinator: 720-777-8273
Appointment Scheduling: 720-777-2806 
Research Coordinator: 720-777-3697


The Neuromuscular Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic that specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and care of infants, children, teens and young adults with neuromuscular disorders.

Why choose Children’s Colorado?

The diagnosis of a neuromuscular disorder in a child can be difficult for families. Our team provides family-centered care and support throughout the process of diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders. We recognize that every child’s needs are different and each patient needs to be treated as an individual.

About our team

Our multidisciplinary neuromuscular team includes experts from neurology, rehabilitation medicine, pulmonary, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, clinical nutrition, neuropsychology, social work and genetic counseling, along with a clinical care coordinator, MDA health care coordinator and equipment specialists. Our clinic also has care partners in cardiology, endocrinology, orthopedics and all pediatric services at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Specific conditions we treat

  • Muscular dystrophies
             Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy
             Limb girdle muscular dystrophy
             Myotonic dystrophy
             Congenital muscular dystrophies
  • Myopathies
             Congenital  myopathies
             Mitochondrial myopathies
             Metabolic myopathies such as McArdle’s disease
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Congenital myasthenic syndromes
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Peripheral neuropathies
             Guillain-Barre syndrome
             Hereditary neuropathies like Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Inflammatory myopathies
             Dermatomyositis
             Polymyositis

Services offered

Diagnostic services available through our clinic include:
  • Laboratory testing - typically includes testing to see if muscle enzyme levels are high
  • Genetic testing
  • Physical therapy - tests strength and function
  • X-ray and diagnostic imaging (MRI, DEXA)
  • Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) - measures the strength of the breath
  • Sleep studies - identifies breathing problems during sleep
  • Electrophysiologic testing - nerve conduction studies test the function of the nerves, and electromyographic (EMG) examinations test the function of the muscles
  • Muscle and nerve biopsy - involves examining the muscle and/or nerve under the microscope to identify underlying microscopic problems
  • Cardiology - identifies heart problems and may include EKG, ECHO, MRI

What to expect from your visit

During your visit to the Neuromuscular Clinic at Children's Colorado, your child will be evaluated by multiple members of our team. A typical visit will take about three hours. We recommend that you bring toys, books and snacks to occupy the time.

Please also bring records of any prior testing performed elsewhere, such as x-rays, MRI scans, muscle biopsy slides, EMG reports, lab testing results and consults or medical reports/records.

Education

The Neuromuscular Clinic is actively involved in the training of the neuromuscular specialist of the future. You will likely encounter trainees in medicine, nursing, physical therapy, respiratory therapy and genetic counseling. They are here to learn and their inquisitiveness enhances patient care.

Research             

Our current ongoing research studies are listed below. Patients and families who participate in these studies are pioneers in the development of treatment for neuromuscular disorders and may improve the quality of life for themselves and others.
  • Clinical Trials
               PTC 124
               Sildenafil
               NeuroNext Site: Biomarkers in SMA
               SPOTSMA Newborn Screening and Follow-up Study
               MTM1 Natural History Study

  • National Data Bases and Registries
               MDA National Database
               MD STARNet
  • Basic Science
               Zebra fish as a model system for motor neuron disease
  • Care Guidelines
               Duchenne
               SMA
               Congenital Myopathy
  • Quality and Outcomes
               Vitamin D Levels
               Complementary and Alternative Medicine Usage in Neuromuscular Diseases
               Flu Vaccination

Learn more about the Neuroscience Institute.