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As the name implies, movement disorders are neurological conditions that affect a person's movement. Depending on the disorder, speed, fluency or ease of movement may be affected.
Movement disorders can occur when there is damage or disease in an area at the base of the brain called the basal ganglia. This area is made up of clusters of nerve cells called neurons. Neurons send and receive electrical signals and are responsible for involuntary movement.
What we treat
The Capistrant Center treats a wide variety of movement disorders, including:
- Atypical Parkinsonism (including multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, cortical-basal ganglionic degeneration, Lewy Body Dementia)
- Dystonia (including generalized primary dystonia, secondary dystonia, cervical dystonia, cranial dystonia, spasmodic dysphonia, dopa responsive dystonia, writer's cramp, musician's cramp)
- Gait disorders
- Hemifacial spasm
- Huntington's disease
- Idiopathic Parkinson's disease
- Paroxysmal kinesigenic and non-kinesigenic dyskinesia's and dystonia's
- Periodic limb movement disorder
- Psychogenic movement disorders
- Restless legs syndrome
- Stiff person syndrome
- Tardive syndromes
- Tourette syndrome
- Tremor (including essential tremor, cerebellar outflow tremor, orthostatic tremor, rubral tremor and dystonic tremor)
- Wilson's disease
Treatment options for movement disorders
Find out about treatments for movement disorders offered at the Capistrant Center.
Other web resources on movement disorders
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