Movement disorders are a subset of neurological diseases that impair a person's ability to control movements. They result from abnormal function in a group of brain cells called the basal ganglia (or basal nuclei) that are responsible for controlling movement. People with movement disorders exhibit either the inability to produce and control voluntary movements or the inability to stop unwanted involuntary movements.
Movement disorders treated at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Center and Movement Disorders Clinic include:
Diagnosis of movement disorders requires a thorough physical and neurological examination. Brain imaging such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be performed to either confirm the diagnosis of a specific type of movement disorder or to exclude other reasons for the symptoms.
There are many treatment options for movement disorders, which vary depending on the type of disorder. Some treatment options include medication, deep brain stimulation surgery, botulinum toxin injections and rehabilitation therapies. Our team of experienced medical professionals works with each patient and family to determine the most appropriate treatment for specific movement disorders.