Every time you move your arm or breath a deep breathe, your brain sends lightning-fast signals through a nerve to a muscle. When the communication between the nerve and muscle breaks down due to a neuromuscular disorder, the ability to walk, stand, swallow or even breath can be impacted.
At the ALS, Multiple Sclerosis & Neuromuscular Disorder clinic at the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases, our team of trained neuromuscular medicine specialists provide individualized care and treatment to the patients living with neurological disorders and their caregiver team. When you visit the ALS, Multiple Sclerosis & Neuromuscular Disorder clinic, you will not only see your neurologist. Because of our commitment to an interdisciplinary care approach, you may see a social worker, physical therapist, speech and swallow therapist and more during your visit.
As a new or returning neuromuscular disorder patient, you are at the center of everything we do. Find answers to questions about your visit and condition: what to expect, why Fixel Institute, how to manage life with a neurological disorder and next steps for your care.
Care dedicated to your nerves and muscles
From amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to muscular dystrophy and peripheral neuropathy to multiple sclerosis, our clinic delivers the best, specialized care possible for your neuromuscular disorder. We understand the complexity of neuromuscular disorders and know that every patient is not the same. When you visit our clinic, your individualized care and treatment plan may include speech and swallow therapy, muscle or skin biopsy, nutritional guidance, physical therapy, occupational therapy and more.
Explore the conditions we treat and the services we offer at the ALS, MS & Neuromuscular Disorders clinic.
Conditions We Treat
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
- Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
- Congenital myasthenia
- Friedreich ataxia
- Kennedy’s disease
- Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Myasthenia gravis
- Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) antibody disease (MOGAD)
- Neuropathies (toxic neuropathy, amyloidosis)
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Spinal muscular atrophy
- Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCAs) and sporadic ataxias
- Cognitive testing
- Dietitian services
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Electronic gait and balance testing
- Genetic counseling
- Muscle biopsy
- Psychiatric care
- Rehabilitation medicine (physical, occupational and speech and swall
- Skin biopsy
Patient care takes place at our clinical building, UF Health Neuromedicine – Fixel Institute, in Gainesville, Florida. The state of the art facility provides a central location for all your care and treatment needs including appointments, therapies, support groups and more.
Comprehensive Care at Fixel
During your visit to the Fixel Institute, you see a variety of specialists, including a neurologist, speech and swallow therapist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, social worker and more.
From support groups to counseling and nutrition guidance to social work, the Fixel institute offers a multitude of programs to support and care for you and your loved ones.
Receive your physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech and swallow therapy all in the same clinic as your movement disorder specialist visit. The Rehab Center at the Fixel Institute houses specialists trained specifically in rehab for neurological disorders.
Looking for tips to navigate your neuromuscular disorder? The Fixel Institute Tips & Treatment blog brings tips, treatments and motivational stories to encourage and inspire you to live your best life while managing a neurological disorder.
Genetics and family health history provide information to determine how likely it is that you or your family has or may develop a neurological disorder. The Fixel Institute offers free genetic counseling to patients and their families.
Ask your care team about genetic counseling programs at your next visit.
Clinical trials are essential to finding new treatment options for neuromuscular disorders. As a patient at the Fixel Institute, you will have the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial at the Fixel Institute.
Whether you’re looking for a new patient visit or returning as a current patient, our team can help you schedule your appointment. Options may be available for telehealth.