Movement disorders are complex neurological disorders that affect your ability to produce and control bodily movements. Movement disorders occur when changes in the brain cause either abnormal, excessive, involuntary movements or slower, delayed movements.

The neurology team at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management for all types of movement disorders.

As part of Penn Medicine, our team is directly connected to one of the top movement disorders programs in the country. The program at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia is a leader in research and offers a specialized fellowship program for neurologists.

Types of Movement Disorders

Our team of neurologists treat all types of movement disorders and related conditions including:

  • Chorea
  • Dystonia (including spasmodic torticollis)
  • Essential tremor
  • Huntington's disease
  • Myoclonus
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Atypical parkinsonisms
    • Progressive supranuclear palsy
    • Multiple system atrophy
    • Corticobasal Syndrome
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia and other ataxia disorders
  • Tardive dyskinesia
  • Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders

Treatments and Services for Movement Disorders

  • Botulinum toxin injections (BOTOX®)
  • Deep brain stimulation:This innovative procedure involves the surgical implantation of electrodes into specific areas of the brain that produce electrical impulses to help control abnormal physical body movements.
  • Enteric levodopa pump therapy:A gel infusion of carbidopa/levodopa is delivered consistently through a small tube that is placed into the intestine. This provides a smooth absorption of the medicine and can cut down on motor fluctuations and dyskinesia.
  • Medication: A variety of medications may be utilized to treat the symptoms of movement disorders so you can achieve and maintain your best level of function.
  • Rehabilitation Therapies: Highly skilled and certified physical, occupational and speech therapists provide specialized neurorehabilitation for Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.

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