The physicians and clinical staff of the Movement Disorders Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute employ a number of different therapies in treatment of Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. These therapies fall into three categories.
Botulinum Toxin Clinic
Outline toxin produces the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Done with or without EMG guidance, the injections work by weakening or paralyzing certain muscles which relieves painful muscle spasms and cramps. The result lasts three to four months.
The physicians at the Movement Disorders Clinic use it in small does to treat problems including:
- Cervical dystonia
- Hemifacial spasm
- Writer's cramp
- Jaw dystonia
- Limb dystonia
- Dystonic tremor
- Meige's syndrome
The physicians at the Movement Disorders Clinic are practiced in the use of Botox®, Myobloc® and Dysport®
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a surgical treatment for people with Parkinson's disease, Essential Tremor and Dystonia. An electrode is placed in a targeted area of the brain, depending on the symptoms. The electrode is connected to a "pacemaker" and an electrical current is sent from the pacemaker to the electrode to help control symptoms.
Initial evaluation for DBS at the Movement Disorders Clinic requires a referral from your neurologist or primary care physician. After speaking with you and an examination, the movement disorder neurologist will determine if you are a candidate for DBS surgery. Learn more about DBS Therapy for movement disorders.
Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy
The Movement Disorders Clinic has a team of Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists who provide services specific for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. The treatment focus may be about regaining movement and control with activity and self care, education to family members on supportive assistance, voice control and swallowing, balance and related problems.
Physical Therapists help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. They restore, maintain and promote overall fitness and health. They are interested in how a person walks, their strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration and motor function.
Occupational Therapists help people achieve independence in all facets of their lives. They give people the "skills for the job of living" necessary for independent and satisfying lives. This may include techniques or equipment to improve a person's ability to perform daily activities.
Speech Therapists help with difficulties with voice control and volume as well as with swallowing problems. In addition, they assist in dealing with cognition or issues with thinking.
For more information, please call (602) 406-6262.