MUSC Health Neuromuscular Services addresses the complex diagnostic and support needs of patients with all types of nerve-muscle pathology, including:
Services are delivered to thousands of patients each year by a collaborative team of board-certified neurologists, neurologic nurses and neuromuscular technical staff specifically trained in the intricacies of this family of disorders. The clinics are supported by advanced lab technologies, rehabilitation facilities, after-care systems and social services.
In just one visit you can receive a comprehensive assessment series; experienced specialists will then refine the diagnosis and prepare therapy options. Since there are no known cures for many neuromuscular diseases, after treatable causes are ruled out therapeutics focus on remission or reduction of symptoms, genetic counseling and rehabilitation to achieve the highest quality of life — the ultimate goal of everything we do.
Patients are seen in the Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic, ALS Clinic or Neuromuscular Clinic. You also may be referred to our electromyography and nerve conduction labs for diagnostic testing.
Affiliated with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the MDA Clinic meets weekly, allowing patients to be evaluated by neurologists and staff members who specialize in muscular dystrophies, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Friedreich’s ataxia, inherited peripheral neuropathies, and inflammatory myopathies. Patients receive regular clinical follow-ups and treatments and have access to MDA-sponsored patient educational and support resources. A separate weekly clinic is scheduled for myasthenia gravis patients.
This multidisciplinary care clinic focuses on patients diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and their families. The comprehensive clinic team includes representatives from Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Speech Therapy, Dietetic Services, and Social Work Services, as well as representatives from the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the ALS Association.
This service is designed for evaluation and treatment of patients with other neuromuscular disorders, Guillain-Barre syndrome or CIDP (chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy), small fiber neuropathies, autonomic disorders, or nerve and muscle conditions from other medical disorders. Many patients undergo lab testing as part of their diagnostic evaluation, which might include electromyography and nerve conduction studies in the EMG laboratory, or other diagnostic tests such as skin biopsy, nerve, or muscle biopsy if needed.
This service is focused on the management of patients with spinal cord disorders resulting in spasticity. Modalities of treatment include pharmacologic, rehabilitation, and injection/infusion therapeutics.
Support for clinical services is provided by the state’s most advanced clinical neurophysiology lab. The electromyography lab provides diagnostic information through nerve conduction studies, electromyography and neuromuscular junction testing.
The Neuromuscular team sees patients in both downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant, SC.
MUSC Rutledge Tower
135 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
East Cooper Medical Pavilion
1600 Midtown Avenue, 2nd floor
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Our physicians work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary team members and our dedicated researchers to provide exceptional clinical care for patients with neurological disorders. It is the goal of our faculty and staff to provide unparalleled adaptive care and expertise to all of our patients.
Advanced Practice Provider:
Susan Nease, ANP
EMG Lab Technologists:
Khieda Richardson Backman
Patricia Mathias, PA
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