Bulbar Muscle Atrophy
Muscles of the mouth and throat responsible for speech and swallowing are bulbar. Bulbar muscle atrophy is an inherited neuromuscular disease affecting motor neurons controlling the mouth and throat muscles. This condition causes progressive lower motor neuron degeneration, resulting in muscle weakness and loss of control.
Men between the ages of 30 and 50 are most commonly affected with bulbar muscle atrophy.
Spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy – also known as Kennedy disease – is a disorder of specialized nerve cells controlling muscle movement. These nerve cells originate in the spinal cord and the part of the brain connected to the brain stem.
Symptoms of Bulbar Muscular Atrophy
- Face muscle weakness
- Throat muscle weakness
- Face muscle wasting
- Throat muscle wasting
- Face and throat muscle twitches – fasciculations
Physical therapy helps to improve circulation and prolong muscle use in the early stages of bulbar muscle atrophy. It is crucial for your treatment provider to properly diagnose your condition and target bulbar muscle atrophy areas.
Diagnosing Bulbar Muscle Atrophy
At Spine and Sports Medicine, a doctor will administer Neurological Testing (EMG/NCV) to detect bulbar muscle atrophy. Other testing will rule out muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord tumors, and other disease.
Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Treatment for Bulbar Muscle Atrophy
The Multidisciplinary Team at Spine and Sports Medicine will design a treatment plan specifically tailored to treat bulbar muscle atrophy and increase your quality of life. The painful and debilitating symptoms of bulbar muscle atrophy can be relieved through:
At Spine and Sports Medicine, effective treatment of bulbar muscle atrophy can be achieved through a Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Team Approach.
- Manual – hands on – Therapy
- Therapeutic Exercises
- High Tech Exercises
- High Touch Exercises
- Weight Resistance Exercises
- Postural Corrections
- Tailored Home Exercise Program
Gold Standard Pain Management
Other highly effective pain management treatment methods at Spine and Sports Medicine include:
- Medical Massage
Medical Insurance Coverage for Bulbar Muscle Atrophy Therapeutic Treatment
At Spine and Sports Medicine, there is no requirement for you to obtain an outside primary physician referral to have the cost of your bulbar muscle atrophy treatment covered by your insurance plan. Most insurance plans cover the cost of treating the painful and debilitating symptoms stemming from bulbar muscle atrophy condition. Our insurance experts will help you to determine your coverage and assist in processing your claims.
Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Treatment in One Convenient Location
Discover effective bulbar muscle atrophy treatment provided by a multidisciplinary therapeutic practice in one convenient Midtown Manhattan location – at Madison Avenue and 40th Street.
Reach out to the multidisciplinary team of pain management experts at Spine and Sports Medicine by clicking below – or – call 212.986.3888.