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We found 3 neuromuscular medicine providers near Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Michael Clark Graves, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Michael Graves, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Graves include peripheral neuropathy, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Graves is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Graves is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Post-Polio Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ramzi B Ben-Youssef, MD
Specializes in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Neuromuscular Medicine
1500 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ramzi Ben-Youssef is a spinal cord injury specialist and neuromuscular medicine specialist. Dr. Ben-Youssef is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ben-Youssef honors. His residency was performed at Loma Linda University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Ben-Youssef (or staff) speaks Arabic and French.

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Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Neurophysiology, Addiction Medicine, Neuromuscular Medicine, Psychiatry, Neurology, Sleep Medicine
255 S Grand Avenue; Suite 2403
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Neil Butani specializes in interventional pain medicine, neurophysiology, and addiction medicine. He studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine.

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What is Neuromuscular Medicine?

Neuromuscular medicine can be broadly defined as a medical specialty devoted to disorders of nerves and muscles. It has some similarities to the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation, in that it is concerned with how people move and function. It is also similar to the specialty of neurology because it has to do with disorders of the nervous system. However, neuromuscular medicine specifically deals with disorders in how the nerves interact with muscles. These disorders often require a level of knowledge greater than that of a general neurologist or physical medicine specialist.

Our nervous system is made up of two parts. The peripheral nervous system includes sensory nerves, nerves that move muscles, and the junctions between muscles and nerves. The central nervous system includes the brain and spinal cord. Neuromuscular medicine deals with disorders that occur specifically when the two parts of the nervous system do not connect or work well together. These disorders include:
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, sometimes known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia gravis, a disorder where the muscles feel weak and fatigued
  • Ataxia, characterized by involuntary movements

Neuromuscular medicine specialists are usually knowledgeable about electrodiagnostic medicine, the use of electrical impulses to check nerve and muscle function. These tests play an important role in neuromuscular management. Neuromuscular medicine specialists also perform physical exams, diagnose their patients and manage their care, and provide medical counseling for those with life-altering illnesses.