Neuromuscular Conditions

The Institute for Neuroscience at Monmouth Medical Center treats the full range of neuromuscular diseases and acquired conditions. Our neuromuscular disease specialists utilize the most promising diagnostic techniques, medical treatments and comprehensive care to treat patients and improve their quality of life through a multidisciplinary approach to care.

Neuromuscular conditions involve the nerves and muscles, and are characterized by muscle weakness, but vary in their causes, symptoms and treatments. Therefore, Monmouth neurologists work with other specialists to provide patients with optimal care to address and relieve all symptoms and manage disease progression as much as possible.

In addition to in-office consultations and care at Monmouth Medical Center,our pediatric and adult neurologists evaluate and treat patients at The Muscular Dystrophy and Neuromuscular Center of Central New Jersey, one of only three MDA approved facilities in New Jersey. This monthly clinic provides comprehensive care to adult and pediatric patients with diseases covered by the MDA grant including:

Muscular Dystrophy - Muscular dystrophies are genetic diseases that cause progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement. The three most common types of muscular dystrophies are Duchenne Facioscapulohumeral and Myotonic. Treatment varies and may involve medications, physical therapy, orthopedic appliances or corrective orthopedic surgery, all of which are aimed at relieving symptoms and improving quality of life.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease) While there is no known cure for ALS, promising new drugs have been approved or are being tested. Monmouth neurologists work to alleviate symptoms and improve patients' quality of life through medication, as well as physical, occupational, speech and nutritional therapies.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (inherited neuropathy) There are many forms of CMT disease —a condition which affects both motor and sensory nerves. CMT is one of the most common inherited neurological disorders, affecting one in 2500 people in the U.S. While there is no cure for CMT, pain management, therapy, devices, and orthopedic surgery can help with the disabling symptoms patients experience.

Myasthenia Gravis As an autoimmune disease, myasthenia gravis involves the body attacking its own tissue as a result of an overproduction of antibodies, but symptoms can be controlled and the condition managed so that patients can function normally. Medications are available to improve muscle strength and suppress the abnormal production of antibodies. Surgical removal of the thymus gland may help some patients. With treatment, patients with myasthenia gravis have an excellent outlook for leading normal, or nearly normal, lives.

For more information on the treatment of Neuromuscular Conditions, or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-888-724-7123.

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