Movement disorders are brain-based conditions that affect the way people move. Normally, certain nerve cells in the brain make a chemical called dopamine, which sends signals to the part of the brain that controls movement. Movement disorders, like Parkinson’s disease, cause those nerve cells to break down, making it difficult for the brain to tell the muscles what to do. These disorders are progressive, developing slowly over a period of many years.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders include:
tremors, particularly in the hands, arms, legs or head
difficulty with balance or walking
The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program at Butler Hospital specializes in caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, gait disorders, tremors, drug-induced movement disorders, ataxias, dystonias, and other movement disorders.
Expert staff provide diagnosis and comprehensive medical management of movement disorders and offer innovative treatments, such as deep brain stimulation (DBS) and botulinum toxin therapy.
Research is a major component of the program, and we participate in multicenter trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIC), Michael J Fox Foundation, pharmaceutical companies, and are active members of the Parkinson Study Group and the Huntington Study Group.