Pediatric Muscular Dystrophy Program (Orthopaedics)
The Yale Pediatric Neuromuscular/MDA Program is one of only five pediatric clinics in New England that is supported, in part, by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Families of children with muscular dystrophy or other childhood neuromuscular disorders can see a multidisciplinary team, which includes a neurologist, cardiologist, pulmonologist, orthopaedic surgeon, physical and occupational therapist, social worker, dietician, and care coordinator, as well as easy access to other specialties such as genetics. Basic diagnostic imaging, pulmonary function tests, and echocardiography occur on site. Members of the team may be seen together or separately, in one visit.
Our doctors perform thorough evaluations of each new patient, checking sensation, muscle tone, range of motion, strength, gait, and balance. Depending on the child’s needs, they may perform or prescribe such tests as electrocardiography, electromyography, pulmonary function tests, and polysomnograms (overnight sleep studies).
The program offers care to children and teens with neuromuscular diagnoses, including:
Becker's muscular dystrophy
Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy
Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy
Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy
Other services include:
Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
Pediatric diagnostic radiology
Special scales for weighing patients in wheelchairs
An onsite MDA representative to answer questions and provide additional resource materials
Our specialists provide comprehensive evaluation and clinical care. The clinic is located in Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Specialty Center at One Long Wharf. One Long Wharf is a short drive from Yale New Haven Hospital and has free parking and easy access for individuals with impairments.