The physicians in this program specialize in the care of patients with neurological movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, Huntington's disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and ataxia.
Movement disorders are neurological conditions that occur when regions of the brain that control movement are not functioning properly. These conditions affect a person’s ability to control the way his or her body moves.
The two basic types of movement disorders are:
- Hypokinetic disorders (too little movement / slowness of movement)
- Hyperkinetic disorders (too much movement / excess, unwanted movement)
Symptoms can vary widely from person to person, and there may be many different causes for movement disorders; therefore, it is very helpful to see a Movement Disorders Neurologist.
Our Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Neurologists Drs. Karen Blindauer, Ryan Brennan, and Sheila Eichenseer have special training in movement disorders. Elizabeth Daly, APNP, and Nygil Matthews, DNP, also specialize in movement disorders. They work together to coordinate patient care, using the latest proven therapies to enhance patients’ quality of life. Treatments include medication, rehabilitation (physical, occupational, and speech therapy including the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment®), and advanced therapies such as deep brain stimulation and carbidopa/levodopa intestinal gel. Botulinum toxin injections are also offered to address muscle spasms caused by dystonia.
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