A movement disorder—such as essential tremor, dystonia or Parkinson's disease—can have a significant impact on your quality of life. There are not only the physical and functional limitations, but social interaction, communications, confidence and self-esteem can also be negatively affected.
Our movement disorders team is a collaborative effort among Neurology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Social Services. The goal is to provide you with comprehensive, coordinated medical and surgical care for improved quality of life, including diagnosis, rehabilitative services and continued medical management for complex movement disorders.
Conditions we treat
- Parkinson's disease
- Essential tremor
- Generalized or cervical dystonia (spasmodic torticollis)
- Blepharospasm and facial spasm
- Corticobasal degeneration
- Progressive supranuclear palsy
- Multiple system atrophy
- Normal pressure hydrocephalus
- Gait and balance problems
- Huntington’s disease
- Tourette syndrome
Treatments we offer
Medications - Medications can be prescribed to lessen symptoms and pain brought on by movement disorders. A medication program will be customized to your needs and ability to tolerate certain medications.
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy - Therapy can help you live with more function in your day-to-day life. Physical symptoms such as reduced movement, rigidity and tremor can be lessened through therapy.
Braces and other assistive devices - We will explore a wide variety of assistive devices that can help you achieve your maximum level of functionality. Your current and future goals will be weighed to find the right fit for you.
Botulinum toxin injections - These injections block nerve signals that cause muscle spasms. Botulinum toxin injections are effective for a wide range of movement disorders. There are very few risks and side effects related to botulinum toxin injections.
Surgeries we perform
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) - Deep brain stimulation is a surgical option if you suffer from Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders such as essential tremor and medically refractory dystonia. DBS uses a neurostimulator to block abnormal nerve signals that cause movement disorder symptoms such as tremors. The amount of stimulation provided can be customized depending on your needs.
Why choose Gundersen?
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. This makes us 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.