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Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program

The 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.

We provide diagnosis and comprehensive medical management of movement disorders. We offer innovative treatments such as deep brain stimulation (DBS) and botulinum toxin.

For more information about the Movement Disorders Program at
Butler Hospital, call (401) 455-6669.

Research is a major component of the Movement Disorders Program. We participate in multicenter trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and pharmaceutical companies and are active members of the Parkinson Study Group and the Huntington Study Group.

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.
  • Other movement disorders.

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.
  • Stiff muscles.
  • Slow movement.
  • Difficulty with balance or walking.

Expert Staff

The Movement Disorders Program at Butler Hospital is led by Joseph Friedman, MD, a nationally recognized expert in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Dr. Friedman is a professor and the chief of the Division of Movement Disorders, Department of Neurology at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Brain Health

The Movement Disorders Program expands upon Butler Hospital’s leading role as a major brain science research and teaching hospital focused on advancing understanding and developing innovative treatments of brain-based illnesses. We offer specialized psychiatric care, including inpatient, partial hospital and outpatient services.

Our goal in establishing a Movements Disorders Program at Butler Hospital is to foster greater collaboration among neurologists, psychiatrists and psychologists in treating the fatigue, depression, and apathy often associated with movement disorders. By leading important research and providing top quality, innovative patient care, the Movement Disorders Program seeks to build better understanding and improve treatments.