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San Antonio Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) Treatment

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Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) is an inherited neurological disorder that results in the progressive loss of muscle and touch sensation in different areas of the body. Dr. Wong was trained by world-class faculty at Vanderbilt University. One of his mentors maintained a clinic singularly focused on CMT, with which Dr. Wong participated throughout his fellowship year.

Please call our office at (210) 962-5557 to schedule an appointment with our San Antonio neurologist.

Signs & Symptoms of CMT

CMT is named for the three physicians who first described the disorder. The disease mainly causes damage to the peripheral nerves in the arms and legs, resulting in small, weak muscles. In most cases, the symptoms begin in the legs and feet before affecting the arms and hands. CMT is most often diagnosed in adolescence or early adulthood but can begin later on in life.

Some of the common symptoms of CMT include:

  • Weakness in the legs, feet, and ankles
  • Loss of sensation in the legs and feet
  • Reduced muscle size in the legs and feet
  • Reduced ability to run
  • Tripping or falling
  • Clumsiness, especially in children’
  • Pain in the hands and feet
  • High arched feet and hammertoes

CMT is hereditary, so those most at risk have a relative with the disease. CMT is caused by mutations in the genes affecting the peripheral nerves. These gene mutations damage the nerves and the protective coating surrounding the nerves, which weakens the signals between the brain and the extremities.

How is CMT Diagnosed & Treated?

A few different tests may be performed to diagnose CMT and determine the extent of nerve damage. These tests may include electromyography (EMG), nerve conduction studies, nerve biopsies, and genetic testing. Although there is no cure for this disease, there are several treatment options to help patients manage CMT in San Antonio.

CMT treatments include:

  • Prescription pain medications for muscle and nerve pain
  • Foot surgery to correct anatomical deformities
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Orthopedic devices

Dr. Wong can help you determine the best methods to effectively manage your symptoms.

If your family has a history of CMT and you notice any of the symptoms, contact Neuromuscular and EMG Specialists of Texas today at (210) 962-5557 to schedule an appointment.

Why Choose Neuromuscular and EMG Specialists of Texas?

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