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Neurosciences

Parkinsons Disease and Movement Disorders

The Saint Thomas Health Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders team offers care for neurological conditions that affect a person’s speed, fluency, quality and ease of movement. Our team of caregivers works closely with patients and families to create individualized treatment plans based around their personal goals.

What are movement disorders? What is Parkinson’s disease?

A movement disorder is characterized by impaired movement of the body. Dyskinesia, which is defined as abnormal uncontrolled movement, is a common symptom of many movement disorders. Tremors are one example of dyskinesia.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity and slow, imprecise movement. Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common movement disorders.

 

Types of Movement Disorders

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Ataxia
  • Hemifacial spasm
  • Gait disorders
  • All types of tremor, including Essential Tremor (ET)
  • All types of dystonia, including torticollis, blepharospasm, writer's cramp and focal dystonia in the limbs
  • Spasticity resulting from stroke, multiple sclerosis and head injury

At Saint Thomas Health, we also treat rare disorders such as:

  • Tourette syndrome
  • Tardive dyskinesia
  • Huntingtons disease
  • Progressive upranuclear Palsy
  • Shy-Drager syndrome (Multiple Systems Atrophy)
  • Olivopontocerebellar atrophy
  • Corticobasal degeneration

 

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