Nerves and muscles affect our bodies in many more ways than just moving limbs, fingers, and toes, and allowing us feel things.
They play a crucial role in standing, walking, maintaining balance and for brain health, exercise is one of the best ways to protect our brains against future memory problems.
Why does Pacific Brain Health Center have a Neuromuscular Disorders Program?
Staying independent and active with friends and family is also protective against memory disorders. Loss of mobility due to neuromuscular disease and balance issues can lead to loss of independence and inability to exercise, which can not only limit one’s ability to maintain good cognitive health but can also lead to depression. By having a nerve, muscle, and balance specialist, we can provide more comprehensive head-to-toe care, often with coordinated visits with our other specialists on the same day.
In addition, we partner with an exercise scientist, a physical trainer, and physical therapists in developing exercise classes and research programs addressing balance and investigating new techniques to combine physical exercise and memory training. Our streamlined, comprehensive program not only evaluates and treats patients but is developing research programs exploring the ways balance and exercise training can help memory and cognition.
Our experienced, comprehensive team looks forward to the opportunity to provide you with compassionate, thorough, personalized care that aims to help you feel and think better and become more involved in activities you enjoy.
Conditions We Treat
Independent of the brain health focus, we offer a comprehensive nerve and muscle disorder program to diagnose and provide compassionate treatment of nerve and muscle disorders, such as peripheral neuropathy (disorders of nerves), myasthenia gravis (in which nerves and muscles cannot communicate effectively, called neuromuscular joint disorders), and myopathies (disorders of muscles).
These disorders cause combinations of numbness and/or weakness, which in turn often affect balance. Our nerve and muscle specialist has extensive experience in neurodiagnostic medicine. Diagnosis of neuromuscular disease includes electromyography and nerve conduction studies, specialized tests to identify nerve and muscle damage and dysfunction and can often be performed at the time of the initial visit. Based upon the diagnosis and results of these tests, we can initiate treatment from a broad spectrum of therapy options.
Neurologist, Dr. William Buxton, director of the Neuromuscular Disorders Program, offers kind, compassionate, thorough clinical evaluations and treatment, helping the patient to stay connected with the activities and people who matter to them. Contact us at 310-582-7641 to schedule a consultation.