A movement disorder is a type of disease that affects the brain's ability to produce and control movement. Normal movement requires a series of interactions between the brain, nerves and muscles. Movement disorders occur when the parts of the brain involved in movement malfunction.
A movement disorder is a neurological condition that can cause the lack of spontaneous movement or involuntary movements, ranging from shaking or jerky movements to prolonged muscle contractions. Movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, affect millions of people in the United States.
At the Neuroscience Institute, a team of specialists in neurology and neurosurgery work together to provide patients with movement disorders the most current therapies, including drug regimens and deep brain stimulation (DBS), an implantable device effective for controlling involuntary movement.
There are many types of movement disorders. Some, like Parkinson's disease, are progressive and can cause serious health problems. Others may interfere with lifestyle but aren't generally dangerous, such as essential tremor, the most common movement disorder.
The team of specialists in the Neuroscience Institute understands the complex diagnostic and treatment needs of patients with movement disorders. For more information about movement disorders, or to schedule an appointment, call (206) 341-1900.