Treatment Options

The Neuromuscular Disorders Clinic at UT Southwestern Medical Center provides routine and advanced diagnostic services including nerve conduction studies, routine and single fiber electromyography, quantitative sensory testing (QST), evoked potentials, and quantitative autonomic testing (ARS). We also offer an infusion clinic and plasma exchange service for patients with immune-mediated disorders.

While there is no cure for most neuromuscular disorders, there are some medications and other therapies that can improve symptoms, increase your mobility, and lengthen life.

The Neuromuscular Program is involved in a number of research and therapy studies, including treatment and pathophysiological studies for ALS, peripheral neuropathies, autonomic failure, myotonic disorders, and others.

Ongoing Research

  • Sharon Nations, M.D. is involved in several therapy trials for myasthenia gravis including a multinational, National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH/NINDS)-supported trial of thymectomy in nonthymomatous MG.
  • Steven Vernino, M.D., Ph.D., conducts therapeutic trials for autonomic disorders including multiple system atrophy, autoimmune autonomic ganglionopathy, and orthostatic hypotension in patients with Parkinson's disease.
  • Jaya Trivedi, M.D., continues to recruit patients into a number of NIH-supported studies investigating electrophysiological and clinical aspects of nondystrophic myotonia and periodic paralysis.

Rehabilitation 

Regardless of whether your symptoms are mild or severe, all individuals with movement disorders can benefit from neurological rehabilitation at UT Southwestern.

A multidisciplinary team approach to rehabilitation enables you to benefit from a comprehensive program that addresses the physical and psychological management of the movement disorder. Our rehabilitation team includes physicians, nurses, neuropsychologists, psychologists, as well as occupational, physical, recreational, vocational, and speech therapists.

The movement disorders management rehabilitation program strives to help you find ways to participate in activities at work, home, and in the community. Our vocational therapists also provide help with employment-related adjustments, including providing assistance needed to adapt to aspects of a job environment.