Movement disorders are neurological conditions that cause slowed, abnormal or involuntary muscle movements. Bon Secours brings together a team of neurosurgeons and neurologists who specialize in diagnosing and treating movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, essential tremor and other conditions.
Parkinson’s disease causes brain neurons to malfunction and die. As a result, the brain produces less dopamine, a chemical essential to movement control and coordination. Parkinson’s symptoms include tremors of the hands, arms, legs or jaw, muscle rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk, slowed movements, and impaired balance and coordination. While Parkinson’s disease is not fatal, symptoms worsen over time, significantly affecting patients’ quality of life.
The Bon Secours Neuroscience Institute’s experienced physicians can diagnose movement conditions like Parkinson’s disease, and offer effective medical and surgical options that may help improve mobility and activities of daily living.
Innovative Treatments for Movement Disorders
While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, treatment can help alleviate symptoms. Medication is one option. In about 10 percent of cases, surgery may be used to control symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and improve the quality of life when medication is no longer effective or when its side effects, such as jerking, tremor and rigidity, become intolerable.
Deep brain stimulation is considered the most effective surgical treatment for reducing tremors and helping patients regain control of their body movements. This minimally invasive procedure uses electrical impulses to stimulate an area in the brain to alter disruptive movement patterns and allow normal functioning.