A movement disorder such as essential tremor, dystonia or Parkinson's disease can have a significant impact on a patient's quality of life. There's not only the physical and functional limitations, but also social interaction, communications, confidence and self-esteem can be negatively affected. That's why Gundersen Health System established its Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center.
The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center is a collaborative effort among Neurology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Social Services. The goal is to provide comprehensive, coordinated medical and surgical care for improved quality of life, including diagnosis, rehabilitative services and continued medical management for complex movement disorders.
The Movement Disorders team consults on, evaluates and/or treats patients with a wide range of movement disorders, including:
- Parkinson's disease
- Essential tremor
- Cervical dystonia (spasmodic torticollis)
- Generalized dystonia
- Blepharospasm and facial spasm
- Corticobasal degeneration
- Progressive supranuclear palsy
- Multiple system atrophy
- Normal pressure hydrocephalus
- Gait and balance problems
- Huntington disease
- Tourette's syndrome
- Other non-specified movement disorders
Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center works together to maximize comfort and control with treatment options such as medication; physical, occupational and speech therapy; surgery or deep brain stimulation if appropriate; braces and other assistive devices; and more.
The Center can also help those with new or worsening symptoms, especially when speech, mobility or strength is affected. There is also support for patients who need help coping with a progressive disease and maintaining their independence.
National Parkinson Foundation Care Center Designation
Gundersen is one of only 14 organizations in the nation designated as a National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Care Center. As an NPF Care Center, Gundersen is recognized for providing outstanding care for people with Parkinson's disease, and becomes part of an elite network of Parkinson's centers that develop and share best practices for patient care.
Patients benefit from leading-edge NPF-sponsored research projects that will be put into place at Gundersen. It is one more way Gundersen is bringing cutting-edge Parkinson's care to you.