Specialists at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation work closely with California Pacific's Neuromuscular Disease Program to provide advanced diagnostic and therapeutic intervention for all conditions affecting the nerves and muscles. We care for people with rare and challenging diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), muscular dystrophy, acute and chronic neuropathy, myopathy and nerve injuries. In addition, we have extensive experience with disorders such as peripheral neuropathies, radiculopathies and compressive neuropathies such as carpal tunnel, ulnar neuropathy and neck and back disorders.
Forbes Norris MDA/ALS Research and Treatment Center
The Forbes Norris MDA/ALS Research and Treatment Center is one of the largest ALS clinical centers dedicated to ALS research in the United States. It is recognized as a Center of Excellence by both the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the ALS Association. On site basic research studies allow the center the uniquely advantaged position of directly applying new laboratory findings to clinical use for immediate testing in neuromuscular disease patients.
Our Experienced Team
Our experienced multidisciplinary team is committed to providing comprehensive care and management for all aspects of neuromuscular conditions. The treatment team includes board certified neuromuscular neurologists, clinic nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, speech therapists, dietitians, social workers and research nurses.
The director of California Pacific's Neuromuscular Disease Program, Jonathan Katz, M.D., is a recognized leader in treating neuromuscular diseases. Dr. Katz has published most extensively in the area of inflammatory neuropathies, as well as other conditions. Dr. Katz works collaboratively with Robert Miller, M.D., the chair of neurology at California Pacific Medical Center and the director of the Forbes Norris ALS Center. Dr. Miller is a foremost expert in ALS and other neuromuscular diseases.
Consultation and Evaluation
The Neuromuscular disease evaluation begins with accurate diagnosis and strategy for disease management. Our goal is to work directly with referring physicians helping form a plan and develop options tailored for each individual case.
- Patient assessment
- Medical history review
- Electrodiagnostic testing
- Nerve condition study
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Clinical trials and research
- Treatment plan development
Diagnostic and Treatment Options
Our experts use state-of-the-art techniques, imaging equipment, nerve and muscle pathology and electro-diagnostic testing to provide a definitive diagnosis of your condition. We provide a full range of treatment options, from medication and pain management services to advanced treatments such as baclofen pump insertion, botulinum toxin therapy (Botox), and nerve decompression surgery.