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Neuromuscular Disorder Program

Neuromuscular diseases are those disorders that directly affect muscles, the nerves that control muscles, or the junctions that send signals in between them.  In addition, peripheral nerves (those outside of the brain or spinal cord) also mediate sensation as well as autonomic control. 

Neuromuscular disorders can include: 

  • Peripheral neuropathy and other types of neuropathy
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Radiculopathies ("pinched" nerves or sciatica)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ulnar neuropathy (a pinched nerve at the elbow)
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myopathies

Neuromuscular disorders can encompass a variety of symptoms.  These typically include weakness and/or numbness.  These symptoms can sometimes be accompanied with pain.

The neuromuscular program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine focuses on the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular diseases.  Our specialists are skilled in taking the necessary steps to accurately diagnose and effectively treat patients, as well as having specialized training within these areas. 

The initial evaluation of patients will include a detailed history and neurological examination.  Additional testing may be required, which would include specialized blood tests, imaging studies, nerve conduction studies, and electromyography (EMG). 

Once a diagnosis is reached, further therapies are offered, which include surgery or specific medications to either alter the disease process or to treat the symptoms.  Management may also include physical rehabilitation.