Pediatric Neurology and Neuromuscular Medicine

The Elly Hammerman Center for the Treatment of Neuromuscular Disorders offers expertise in the diagnosis and management of various neuromuscular disorders including:

  • Muscular dystrophies, e.g. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy/Becker Muscular Dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy, facioscapulohumeral dystrophy, limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, etc.
  • Congenital myopathies
  • Hereditary neuropathies, e.g. Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Spinal muscular atrophies
  • Other causes of hypotonia and muscle weakness

Our Pediatric Neurologist is board certified in both Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and has many years of experience conducting pediatric EMG-NCV studies.  The Muscle Clinic is attended by a multidisciplinary team of specialists who provide comprehensive care to its patients.  Specialists include an orthopaedist, neurologist, genetic counselor, social worker, therapists, and orthotist.  

Our Neurologist leads the multidisciplinary Spasticity Center team for management of cerebral palsy.  We have close to two decades of experience treating focal spasticity using botulinum toxin injections.  This clinic is among the first in NYC to use intrathecal baclofen therapy for severe generalized spasticity.

In addition to the treatments offered by these specialty clinics, we also provide care for a variety of other neurological disorders, including developmental delays, autistic spectrum disorders, chronic headaches, seizure disorder, spina bifida, and arthrogryposis.

The clinic is fortunate to have the interdisciplinary support from our geneticist, genetic counselor, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, orthopaedists, pulmonologists, cardiologists, neurophysiologists, social workers, and therapists.  We are committed to making life easier for our patients and their families.