Our neurologists provide expert diagnosis and ongoing management for all types of movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, dystonia, and tremors.
Movement disorders are neurological conditions that occur when a problem with the nervous system causes abnormal body movements. Some movement disorders cause increased body movements, while others cause reduced or slow body movements. Often, movement disorders cannot be cured, but treatment can control symptoms, reduce discomfort, and improve quality of life.
At UPMC in central Pa., our caring specialists including board-certified neurologists and advanced (specially trained) practitioners are committed to helping you manage the physical and emotional aspects of movement disorders.
Our neurology and neurosurgery specialists also understand that movement disorders affect each person differently. That's why we provide you with an accurate diagnosis and create a personalized care plan that uses the latest therapies to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
In addition to offering the most advanced treatment options for movement disorders, our specialists work closely with other health care providers and specialists to coordinate your care and connect you with the additional services you need.
All movement disorders cause abnormal body movements. However, some movement disorders cause increased body movements, while others cause reduced or slow body movements. Symptoms vary depending on the type of movement disorder you have and how it affects you. Common symptoms include:
Researchers are not sure exactly what causes movement disorders, but they are studying how genetics and environmental factors may affect your chances of developing a movement disorder.
Some research has shown that there may be a link between some movement disorders and exposure to toxic chemicals, such as lead, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides, that are used in the farming and manufacturing industries. People who work with these chemicals, or people who have a family history of movement disorders, may be at an increased risk of developing a movement disorder.
Your neurologist will conduct a variety of tests to diagnose your movement disorder, including:
Treatment for movement disorders depends on the specific type of disorder, your symptoms, and the severity of your condition. Depending on your condition, your doctor may recommend one or more treatments, including:
Please contact the location below that is most convenient to you.
Located at UPMC Outpatient Services
Formerly known as Bloom Outpatient Center
Thistle Hill Professional Center
2030 Thistle Hill Dr.
Spring Grove, PA 17362
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