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Movement Disorders

Movement disorders are a group of conditions affecting one’s control over movements. Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and spasticity are all considered part of this group of disorders. The lack of control as a result of these conditions could be as subtle as a slight tremor, or as profound as an inability to walk. A movement disorders specialist is the best person to properly diagnose and treat these conditions. North Jersey Brain and Spine Center offers a comprehensive and state of the art treatment for all patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and spasticity. Our staff are fellowship trained physicians dedicated to the treatment of all movement disorders and offer a comprehensive approach to treatment from initial consultation services for medical management to various surgical treatments including deep brain stimulation.

Specific Movement Disorders:

Parkinson’s Disease: Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system that generally results in involuntary muscle movement that can range from shakes and tremors to altered posture, slowness of movement, rigidity, impaired balance, and even alterations in behavior and thought. In most cases the cause of Parkinson’s is unknown, and while at the present time there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, there are excellent treatment options which allow patients significant improvement in their symptoms and in their quality of life. A movement disorders specialist is an expert in the diagnosis and proper management of Parkinson’s and related disorders. Their expertise can dramatically affect a patient’s benefit from available treatments.

Essential Tremor: Essential Tremor is a slow-progressing neurological disorder that may begin as a tremor, most commonly in the arms. It may progress to tremor in the head and neck and even in the lower extremities. Its symptom generally involve lack of precision and tremors (as implied by the name) in mild cases, or more significant tremors which can affect one’s ability to write, eat, drink or even dress. There is no known cause for essential tremor, and again while there is no known cure, there are good treatment options for patients suffering from this condition. The goal of treatment of essential tremor is based on reducing the severity of symptoms allowing patients to have more control over their daily activities.

Dystonia: Dystonia is characterized by abnormal posturing and muscle movement that may manifest similarly to Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, or essential tremor. Because of this it is often difficult to diagnose. Like Parkinson’s, however, there are a range of treatment options available to deal with symptoms, such as physical therapy, medications (muscle relaxants, Botox injections, and more), and even surgery.

Spasticity: Spasticity is generally described as a stiffness of the muscles due to increased tone, or resistance of muscles to stretching. This is generally due to neurological problems resulting from different possible causes. Regardless of the cause, spasticity can create problems with muscle control in patients. Treatment may involve a regimen of medication, exercise and physical therapy, and can be supplemented by some available surgical options.

Consultation for Movement Disorders:

At North Jersey Brain and Spine Center, we pride ourselves for our expertise in the field, and an unrivaled dedication to patient care. As part of our mission, we strive to inform and educate patients, their caretakers, and even other physicians regarding these disorders and the available treatment options. If you would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

MRI Guided DBS

North Jersey Brain & Spine Center physicians are among a few nationally to offer MRI guided DBS surgery for movement disorders. This revolutionary technique allows us to be able to perform DBS surgeries with real-time, live MRI guidance, while patients are under complete general anesthesia. Not every patient is a candidate for this type of surgery so please inquire about this technique during your movement disorders consultation.