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Movement Disorders Program

Movement Disorders Program

The Movement Disorders Program offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for a variety of movement disorders including:

  • Parkinson’s Disease   
  • Dystonia
  • Essential Tremor
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Ataxia
  • Restless Leg Syndrome

As part of our program, we also offer a monthly clinic for patients to obtain comprehensive evaluation and treatment in one coordinated session. In a single, full-morning appointment, MUSC Health providers and specialists address all aspects of the patient’s condition and provides a complete picture of his or her unique needs and abilities. Please request a referral from your primary care physician or neurologist.

If you are a new patient interested in meeting with an MUSC Health Movement Disorders specialist, please call us to request an appointment at 843-792-3223.

If you are a physician interested in referring a patient to an MUSC Health specialist or to the Interdisciplinary Clinic, please fax your referral to 843-792-1751 or call MEDULINE at 800-922-5250 or 843-792-2200.

Some of the technologies and treatments used by our team include:

Listen to Dr. Vanessa Hinson discuss Parkinson's Disease on NPR:

Locations

The Movement Disorders Program team sees patients in both downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant, SC.

Downtown Charleston, SC

Rutledge Tower
135 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425

Mount Pleasant, SC

East Cooper Medical Pavilion
1600 Midtown Avenue, 2nd floor
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Research Visit

Patients involved in our research studies are seen at:

Movement Disorders Research Offices
208 B Rutledge Avenue
MSC 108
Charleston, SC29425

 

Research

The Movement Disorder program at MUSC is involved in ongoing research through the Murray Center for Research on Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders as well as clinical trials designed to find new and better ways to treat patients with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. The physicians of the MUSC Health Movement Disorders Program are currently conducting clinical trials on a variety of topics.

The Murray Center for Research on Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders

The Murray Center for Research on Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders was formally dedicated on June 27, 2003, with the generous support of this noted philanthropist. Mr. William Edwards Murray and his family have been long-standing friends to the Medical University of South Carolina, in both research and education. They and other supporters of the Movement Disorders Program allow us to progress in the fight against these disabling neurological disorders. As the research branch of the Movement Disorders Program, the mission of the Murray Center is to find the causes of Parkinson's disease and related disorders, create new treatments for this disease, and ultimately find a way to detect the illness before symptoms develop and prevent its progression. The Murray Center enjoys collaborative relationships with many other programs at MUSC, as well as outside of the institution, locally, nationally and internationally.

What are clinical trials?
Clinical research studies are special, highly structured programs in which we learn more about Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. Drug trials are designed so that we are able to evaluate new medications to see if they are safe and effective. Each trial or study will have a very specific set of illness characteristics which the patient must meet if they wish to participate (“inclusion” and “exclusion” criteria). These may include medications you have been on, how long you have had your illness, and the state of your health in general.

Clinical trial information changes on a daily basis. Many clinical trials accept only a limited number of participants. Further, new trials are added on a routine basis as they are approved by the various institutions involved. Therefore, we suggest you check back often if you are interested in a specific treatment for a specific condition in order to review your options.

We currently offer trials for the following conditions:

  • Early untreated Parkinson’s disease
  • Early treated Parkinson’s disease
  • Advanced Parkinson’s disease with wearing off symptom
  • Cervical dystonia
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Freezing of gait with Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease

If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, contact Shonna Jenkins at 843-792-9115 or email at jenkisho@musc.edu.

For more information on specific clinical trials, you can visit the scresearch.org website.

Keywords for Search Studies include:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cervical dystonia
  • Huntington’s disease
  • exercise

 

Our Team

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.

Additional Care Team Members

Neuropsychologists:
Travis H. Turner, Ph.D.  
Jenna B. Renfroe, Ph.D.  

Movement Disorders Nurse:
Nancy Feracco, RN, CCRP   

Research Coordinators
Shonna  L. Jenkins, MS   
Nancy Feracco, RN, CCRP

Movement Disorders Program Staff:
Sandra Carbone | Program Coordinator
Tracy Millman, MSN, RN | DBS Coordinator

 

Download information regarding the 2017 Living With Parkinson's Disease Symposium (PDF)

Patient Resources

Find resources including books, support groups, South Carolina resource centers and more regarding movement disorders.