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Celebrity Diagnosis Raises Awareness of Rare Stiff Person Syndrome

When singer Celine Dion recently announced that she was diagnosed with stiff person syndrome (SPS), it created an opportunity for many to learn about this rare autoimmune neurologic disorder that affects only one in a million people. SPS makes torso and limb muscles progressively rigid and causes severe, painful muscle spasms. While SPS is not …
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Strong Link Found Between Long COVID and Dysautonomia

While COVID-19 isn’t the big mystery it was in 2020, the world is still continually learning more about the virus. Post-acute sequelae of COVID 2019 (PASC, commonly called long COVID), symptoms that persist more than 30 days after contracting the virus, continues to affect almost 20 percent of people who have been infected with COVID-19. …
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Former Green Beret, Mountaineer Tells of Life with IBM

Former Green Beret and current Austin Neuromuscular Center (ANC) patient Terry Clevinger has always had to work harder than most. He’s persistent but has struggled with the physical side of work and life, even throughout his military career. Despite the challenge, he climbed some of the world’s tallest peaks and for many years, lifted weights and ran. …
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Meet Casey Kafena, MSN, AGACNP-BC, our Director of Clinical Services

Casey Kafena is our nurse practitioner and Director of Clinical Services. She works very closely with all of our physicians and provides very compassionate care to our patients. She created and currently manages our ALS clinic and is involved in most areas of our practice. Why did you choose to specialize/work in neuromuscular disorders? I have …
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What is Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease?

Nearly 3 million people in the world, including 150,000 in the United States, have Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT), a group of inherited disorders that damages the peripheral nerves that transmit information between the brain and the rest of the body. Also called hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy, CMT can result in smaller, weaker muscles and causes …
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Electromyography (EMG): A Helpful Tool in Diagnosing Neuromuscular Disorders

When a patient comes to Austin Neuromuscular Center with numbness, tingling, pain, weakness or muscle cramping, an electromyography (EMG) may be used to evaluate the presence, location and extent of a neuromuscular disorder. An EMG measures electrical activity in the muscles during rest, slight contraction and forceful contraction. During EMG testing, a physician inserts a …
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Meet Dr. Shailesh Reddy

Meet Dr. Shailesh Reddy, our board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM& R) specialist. PM&R is a medical specialty that focuses on maximizing function and quality of life given the impairments, disabilities, and challenges of various disease processes. Dr. Reddy is also board certified in electrodiagnostic medicine. He is especially passionate about treating the following neuromuscular …
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Tilt Table Testing: A Safe, Non-Invasive Method to Evaluate Autonomic Disorders

Part of Austin Neuromuscular Center’s (ANC) comprehensive, state of the art autonomic function lab, the Tilt Table Test is one of four safe, non-invasive tests used to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of autonomic nervous system disorders. The autonomic nervous system controls blood pressure and heart rate, blood flow to different parts of the …
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Sara’s ALS Story

When thriving, 37-year-old Sara Wheeler who has a background in nursing began to experience strange sensations in the outer extremities of her hands and feet, the ominous “what if?” of having ALS flashed through her mind. Commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease, but scientifically referred to as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that …