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Movement Disorders

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is complex movement disorder, meaning that one aspect of this condition is that it affects a person’s movements. PD is mainly treated by a neurologist, however, many patient’s with PD may benefit from deep brain stimulation. Deep brain stimulation involves carefully placing electrodes into specific brain regions in order to improve the movement symptoms of patients with PD.

Read more about Parkinson’s Disease on the AANS website.

Essential Tremor

Essential tremor (ET) is a common form of movement disorder. Patients with this condition suffer from involuntary movements (shaking) of a body part, which can be at rest or upon use. The most commonly affected areas are the limbs and head. Neurologists treat essential tremor with medicine, however, often times the medicine is inadequate. For patients who have poor control of the tremor with medicine, deep brain stimulation may provide relief.

Read more about Essential tremor on the AANS website.

Dystonia

Dystonia is form of neurologic movement disorder. Although the symptoms may vary, patients with dystonia typically have an involuntary posture of the head, arms, or legs. Dystonia may be genetic (passed from generation to generation) and is primarily treated by a neurologist. Certain patients with dystonia may benefit from deep brain stimulation if other non-surgical treatments, for example, medication, do not work.

Read more about Dystonia on the AANS website.