dr. Gary Nattrass

Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

Neuromuscular Disorders

Health conditions that affect nerves and muscle causing weakness, movement and coordination problems in newborns, babies, children and adolescents 

Wheelchair for Neuromuscular Disorder

What are Neuromuscular Disorders?

Many orthopaedic issues can really be a manifestation of an underlying neuromuscular disorder. These conditions can affect the child anywhere from the brain, in the spinal cord, the peripheral nerves or muscle itself. The underlying condition can result in weakness, muscle wasting and issues with movement and coordination. There can be various causes for these neuromuscular disorders however, many are inherited through genetics or viral infections.

Treatment for neuromuscular disorders focuses on improving mobility and quality of life. Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy are often used as early interventions to aid developing children with these conditions.  Medication, assistive devices and surgical intervention may also be used depending on the condition.

Neuromuscular Disorder

Diagnosing Neuromuscular Disorders

Gary is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in providing orthopaedic management when appropriate in neuromuscular disorders including Cerebral palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and Hereditary Motor Sensory Neuropathy (including Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease). He takes pride in providing all of the necessary resources to assist your family in navigating the neuromuscular disorder, and his compassionate bedside manner will ensure your child feels comfortable throughout the treatment process. 

During your initial consultation, Gary will take the time to review your child’s medical history and will thoroughly examine your child’s muscle tone and reflexes. If there is a concern about a neuromuscular disorder, further testing will be undertaken for an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan will be tailored specifically to delay disease progression.

1

During your initial consultation,

Dr Gary will take the time to review your child’s medical history and will thoroughly examine your child’s muscle tone and reflexes.

2

If there is a concern about a neuromuscular disorder,

further testing will be undertaken for an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan will be tailored specifically to delay disease progression. 

Vic Ortho Staff

Speak to our friendly team

Not all conditions and symptoms are alike. If you have a concern about your child’s wellbeing or would like to direct questions to Gary Nattrass you may contact our friendly team on 03 9322 3360.

We will gladly take your call and assist you with your enquiry.