Neurodegenerative Disorders

How We Examine and Improve

Without proper diagnosis and treatment, neurodegenerative disorders can severely negatively impact a patient’s quality of life, inhibiting their ability to take care of themselves, function in everyday social situations, or even interact with their friends and family members.

At Carolina Brain Center, we know how dramatically neurodegenerative disorders can impact a person’s quality of life. That’s why our expert team of healthcare professionals prepared individualized treatment plans for every patient so that they can get the help they need in the areas they most need it.

Common Types of Neurodegenerative Disorders

  • Parkinson’s disease, or PD, is caused by the deterioration of neurons in the brain, specifically those in the parts of the brain that produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control movement and coordination.

Typical symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremors, rigidity, slowed movement, difficulty walking, and loss of balance. An estimated 200,000 cases of Parkinson’s are diagnosed each year.

  • Alzheimer’s disease, or AD, is believed to be caused by an abnormal build-up of protein in and around brain cells, which decreases acetylcholine levels and shrinks parts of the brain associated with memory.

A progressive disease that worsens over time, symptoms of Alzheimer’s include memory loss, disorientation, mood, and behavioral changes, paranoia, and even difficulty speaking, swallowing, and walking. Alzheimer’s affects an estimated 3 million people every year.

  • Dementia is not a specific disease but rather a general term used to classify a number of conditions where at least two major brain functions are impaired.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but other causes include vascular dementia, which results from damage to the blood vessels which supply oxygen to the brain, and lewy body dementia, which results from the development of protein deposits in regions of the brain associated with thinking, memory,  and movement. More than 3 million new dementia cases are reported annually.

  • Other common neurodegenerative diseases include Huntington’s disease (HD), multiple sclerosis (MS), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Examination & Treatment Improves Quality of Life

At Carolina Brain Center, we work with many patients who struggle with neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia. Many of our senior patients see significant improvements in memory and motor control through our holistic healthcare treatment plans. Enhancing one’s quality of life is a blessing to the patient and a blessing for their family.

The first step on the road to improving your quality of life is a comprehensive patient examination. This helps us, our expert staff of healthcare professionals, accurately and precisely identify what parts of the brain are working well and what parts are not working so well.

All of our neurodegenerative disorder treatment plans aim to use the good to help treat the bad, resulting in improved neurological function. The long-term objective is to slow the progression if we can and to give home strategies to help keep the patient as safe and independent as possible.

Visit Carolina Brain Center to Get the Expert Help

Neurodegenerative disorders often get worse over time. To make sure that you or a loved one get the help they need and enjoy the highest quality of life they can, fast action is necessary. Don’t wait. Schedule an appointment at Carolina Brain Center today.

Why Carolina Brain Center?

Dr. Dane brings 20 years of experience to the Triangle and has helped many people achieve a healthier brain and body.


Ready For A Consultation?

Dr Dane is ready to talk when you are. We’ll need some information from you to get the process started!


Movement Disorders

Find Which Treatment is Best for You

Movement disorders encompass a wide range of neurological conditions which cause problems with movement. These can include conditions affecting both voluntary and involuntary movements, resulting in increased or decreased movement. Some movement disorders are subtle and manageable, while others can be severe and debilitating.

Due to the overlap between disorders and the variance in how different patients experience symptoms, movement disorders can be difficult to diagnose accurately. That’s why it’s important to have a dedicated team of specialists working with you to perform a comprehensive evaluation and design an individualized movement disorder treatment plan that accommodates your specific needs and living situation.

At Carolina Brain Center, we specialize in holistic healthcare, using multi-disciplinary movement disorder treatments so that every patient can achieve the best results possible.

Types of Movement Disorders & Their Treatments

  • Tourette Syndrome can be classified from mild to severe and causes patients to make repeated involuntary movements and uncontrollable vocal sounds called “tics.” For severe cases, co-management may be best.

A combination of medications and functional neurology treatments and strategies offer the best improvement in activities of daily living and overall quality of life.

  • Dystonias are neurological disorders that manifest as involuntary muscle spasms, affecting the arms, legs, torso, eyelids, or even vocal cords. Dystonias require very specific, targeted movement disorder treatments.

Understanding the complexity of the neurology behind movement disorders enables us to come up with patient-specific approaches to reduce the symptoms of dystonia.

  • Parkinson’s Disease & Parkinsonian type disorders are neurodegenerative disorders that can have a devastating effect on a person’s quality of life. In many cases, subtle symptoms show up well before a person is diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

At Carolina Brain Center, our main goal is to improve our patients’ function and quality of life. We also work alongside our patients and their caregivers as the disease progresses by giving home strategies to help maintain progress made in the office.

  • Cerebellar degenerative disorders are rare hereditary conditions wherein neurons in the part of the brain responsible for coordination and balance deteriorate. Cerebellar degenerative disorders are typically characterized by a wide-legged, lurching walk, jerky or unsteady movements, and slurred speech.

While cerebellar disorders are especially difficult to deal with, the neurological health experts at Carolina Brain Center can provide strategies to help improve a patient’s quality of life by increasing function and suggesting daily tips to help them navigate through life more safely.

  • Tremors are an extremely common symptom of neurological disorders, affecting an estimated 5 million Americans according to the US National Library of Medicine, and can result from a number of conditions. 

Though the shaking and trembling characterized by tremors rarely lead to serious complications, they can make simple daily life unnecessarily arduous, and they often negatively impact self-confidence. A full neurological workup and history are paramount to implementing effective, corrective movement disorder treatment plans for tremors.

Find the Best Treatment for You at Carolina Brain Center

Whatever condition your or a loved one is struggling with, movement disorder treatment options can help. With the right treatment plan, you can learn to better control and cope with the challenges that neurological conditions present, leading to a greater sense of independence and a higher quality of life.

The healthcare professionals at Carolina Brain Center are here to help. Schedule an appointment today.

Why Carolina Brain Center?

Dr. Dane brings 20 years of experience to the Triangle and has helped many people achieve a healthier brain and body.


Ready For A Consultation?

Dr Dane is ready to talk when you are. We’ll need some information from you to get the process started!


Conditions We Treat

ADD, ADHD, Autism, PTSD, Behavioral Disorders, Blast Injuries, Cerebellar Degeneration, Cerebral Palsy, Concussions, Down's Syndrome, Dystonias, Huntington's Chorea, Learning Disorders, Global Delays, OCD, Seizure/Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Tourettes, Tremors, Stroke, The Aging Brain, Sensory Processing Disorders, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Dementia, Pain, Dizziness, Balance Problems, Mood Changes, Brain Fog, Memory Loss, Poor Focus, Spasms, Incoordination, Tics, Vision Disturbances and Disorders