Neuromuscular & Movement Disorders FAQs

What research opportunities should I expect when I visit a neuromuscular doctor?

Our neuromuscular patients are offered the opportunity to enroll in a neuromuscular research database. This ensures that patients have access to research studies as they become available.


What is the volume of research conducted at the KUMC Neuromuscular Section?

The KUMC Neuromuscular Section is in one of the busiest, if not the busiest, Neuromuscular Clinical Trials Unit in the USA.


What goes wrong in peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy has many causes, but compression injury and diabetes are two common causes. Numbness occurs because the signals on sensory nerves traveling to the brain are blocked. Although numbness is troubling by itself, what makes neuropathy even more disabling is that if often develops into a painful condition. Loss of large nerves involved in providing a sense of where your limbs are in space (proprioception) are also affected along with motor nerves leading to progressive loss of muscular function.


How prevalent is Parkinson's disease across the USA?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, complications from Parkinson's disease are the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. KUMC is the region's leading center for research on the disease and is helping to find new drugs and other treatments for the disease that is expected to increase over the next 20 years due to the country's aging population.

Last modified: Jun 11, 2013
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