Neuromusuclar Disorders

Ryegate

Our multidisciplinary Neuromuscular Clinic was set up 20 years ago to provide care for children with disorders of nerves and muscles, and related conditions.

As well as providing monthly clinics in Sheffield, regular clinics are provided once or twice yearly in surrounding centres including Barnsley, Boston, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Grimsby and Rotherham. This enables children and their families to travel to local centres and ensures the best possible liaison with local services.

Expert care

The clinic consists of:

  • Consultant Paediatric Neurologist Dr Peter Baxter, who has specialist training and expertise in the field
  • Care Advisor Margaret Jackson, who helps with all aspects of the disorder including information, support at critical moments, contact and help when dealing with medical, educational and social services and any other issues of day to day life
  • Specialist Neuromuscular Physiotherapist Maxine Senior who provides advice on management both to families and to their physiotherapists

The service is also supported by expert occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, and psychologists who are based at the Ryegate Children’s Centre.

Specialist services

Sheffield Children’s Hospital has a full range of diagnostic facilities including biochemical analysis, genetics, muscle imaging, neurophysiological tests and muscle biopsy.

We have internationally-recognised orthopaedic expertise for limb and back problems, especially scoliosis.

We also have the only Professor of paediatric bone disorders in children who need expert care.

Our expert Respiratory Service provides home based care for children needing assessment or ventilatory support.

Research

The unit is a full time participant in the North Star Audit on the effects of steroid treatment with boys who have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Local research has included defining normal values for tests of muscle strength, and collaboration with Professor Mimoun Azzouz over gene replacement in spinal muscular atrophy.

Other national collaborative work includes the delineation of a new variant of Brown-Vialetto-Van Laere syndrome.

We are currently putting together a proposal for an NIHR funded project on the role of hydrotherapy in boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

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