At MUSC Health’s Movement Disorders Program, our doctors understand the daily challenges of living with movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and dystonia.
As the only comprehensive movement disorders program in South Carolina, we offer a greater number of treatment options to improve your quality of life.
When you come to MUSC Health for treatment of movement disorders, you benefit from:
Specialists at MUSC Health perform advanced diagnostic tests to make a precise diagnosis and develop an appropriate treatment plan for you. Advanced diagnostic services at MUSC Health include:
This scan helps your doctor rule out movement disorders similar to Parkinson’s disease, such as essential tremors. This imaging technology uses small amounts of a low-level radioactive drug, or tracer, to gauge dopamine levels in the brain. A single-photon emission computed tomography, or SPECT scanner, measures the amount and location of dopamine in your brain. Low dopamine levels may indicate Parkinson’s disease.
PET scans aid the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and other movement disorders. This imaging test shows how your brain uses glucose, a sugar. A low-level radioactive drug, or tracer, given with the glucose reveals areas of the brain with high levels of chemical activity. Learn more about PET scans.
Our clinical neuropsychologists perform tests to determine how different areas and systems of your brain are functioning. Their expert assessments aid diagnosis and treatment planning.
Our doctors diagnose and treat adults with a variety of movement disorders, including:
At MUSC Health, you have access to the latest medications and treatments designed to help control symptoms and improve daily living. Treatment options at MUSC Health include:
Low dopamine levels can lead to tremors, stiffness and loss of motor control in people with certain movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease. Medications can bolster dopamine supply and minimize symptoms. However, people in advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease often experience digestion problems, which interfere with medication absorption.
We were the first in the state to perform deep brain stimulation, or DBS, for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and essential tremors. This surgical procedure uses a device similar to a pacemaker that delivers electrical signals to targeted areas of the brain. The signals interfere with brain activity and reduce symptoms. Learn more about deep brain stimulation.
If medications do not help and you are not a candidate for deep brain stimulation, our doctors may perform Gamma Knife™ radiosurgery. This procedure delivers precise beams of radiation (gamma rays) to lesions deep within the brain. The rays destroy cells that cause movement problems. MUSC Health is one of only 300 centers worldwide with an all-inclusive Gamma Knife Center. Learn more about our Gamma Knife Center .
Our doctors have specialized training in using electromyography, or EMG, while injecting small doses of highly purified botulinum toxin into targeted muscles. These toxins relax muscles, reducing tremors and spasms.
An EMG detects abnormal muscle response and helps guide your doctor to the muscle sites that will benefit the most from the injections. For you, this means better results with fewer side effects.
We are the only medical center in South Carolina that offers people with movement disorders the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. By enrolling in a clinical trial, you may be able to try new therapies designed to slow or stop disease progression or improve symptoms. You do not have to be a patient at MUSC Health to participate.
For clinical trials, you will work with the staff at the MUSC Murray Center for Research on Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders.
To learn more about our clinical trial program and see if we have a study that is right for you, call research coordinator Shonna Jenkins at 843-792-9115. You can also visit SCresearch.org for a list of currently enrolling studies.
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MUSC Health offers a fellowship program for neurologists who want to advance their expertise in diagnosing and managing movement disorders. Learn more about the movement disorders fellowship.
To learn more about the Movement Disorders Program available at MUSC Health or to schedule an appointment, please call 843-792-3223.
Submit an online appointment referral form or call our 24-hour referring physician service, MEDULINE, at 800-922-5250.
The Movement Disorders Program team sees patients in both downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant, SC.
135 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
East Cooper Medical Pavilion
1600 Midtown Avenue, 2nd floor
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Patients involved in our research studies are seen at:
Movement Disorders Research Offices
208 B Rutledge Avenue
It takes a wide array of medical and surgical specialists to address the multitude of issues associated with movement disorders and the nervous system. The specialists listed below work together to create a coordinated system of care for patients while increasing knowledge about movement disorders and the nervous system through research and education.
Travis H. Turner, Ph.D.
Shonna L. Jenkins, MS
Nancy Feracco, RN, CCRP
Movement Disorders Program Staff:
Tracy Millman, MSN, RN | DBS Coordinator