Movement Disorders

Premier Health’s specialists diagnose and treat movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonias. Although they don’t usually affect thinking or memory, movement disorders can be extremely debilitating, causing major disability and reducing quality of life. Treatment options range from medication to surgery, including advanced therapies such as deep brain stimulation. Types of movement disorders include:

Our neurosciences team of specialists include board-certified and experienced neurosurgeons, neurologists, interventional neurologists, and neurocritical care neurologists who collaborate to provide care and treatment options with the goal of improving quality of life. We combine a patient-centered approach with advanced technology, research and unparalleled expertise to deliver the best possible outcomes. Premier Health provides convenient access to the region’s top neurologists at multiple locations throughout Southwest Ohio.

Our goal is to help patients meet the physical, social and emotional challenges of their disease. Our team is dedicated to improving our patients’ quality of life and minimizing the effects of their condition. 

Diagnosing Movement Disorders

Movement disorders are neurological conditions that cause abnormal physical responses such as tremors, lack of coordination, muscle tightness, difficulty walking, and other uncontrolled movement. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive movement disorder that causes shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with balance and coordination. It may be genetic, or linked to exposure to chemicals in the environment.

Movement disorders can be challenging to tell apart from each other, and each requires a different treatment. Premier Health’s physicians work with these disorders and can help identify these conditions using a detailed history and physical examination, balance and gait testing, electromyography, and computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and DaT scans.

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Atrium Medical Center, Upper Valley Medical Center

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease, and several other movement disorders have similar symptoms. The neurologist's experience is critical for an accurate diagnosis, because a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease or other movement disorders is made clinically and often does not require laboratory or imaging tests to confirm it. Miami Valley Hospital's neurologists understand that differentiating among these disorders and establishing the correct diagnosis is essential to successful treatment.

The diagnostic process starts with a detailed interview with the patient and family and a thorough physical examination. Tests the doctor may order to help with the diagnosis include:

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital

Parkinson's Disease Clinical Trials

Participating in a clinical trial is an invaluable way to get involved in the pursuit of finding a cure or improving the quality of life for those with Parkinson's disease. Premier Health and Wright State University participate in an international study group - Parkinson's Study Group (PSG), for groundbreaking trials. 

PSG is the largest not-for-profit network of Parkinson centers in North America. Clinics participating in the group have played a vital role in bringing some of the most innovative drugs to market. Many of these medications have had significant impact upon changing the course of the neurological disease. 

Patients who participate in the Parkinson's Study group trials will have access to medications that may have not hit the market yet. In addition, the trials cover all associated costs including medication, clinical visits, laboratory tests, and neuroimaging. 

For more information about the clinical trials, contact the Clinical Neuroscience Institute, (844) 277-2894(844) 277-2894.

Treatment of Movement Disorders 

Medication is the foundation of treatment for movement disorders. Physical and speech therapy also may be helpful. In addition, for people with dystonias, injections of botulinum into specific muscles may reduce or eliminate muscle contractions and improve quality of life. 

There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but there are medications available that may alleviate the symptoms. Some medications help to replenish the brain’s supply of dopamine (the depletion of which is linked to the onset of the disease), others help control rigidity and stiffness. Premier Health also offers Duopa infusion therapy for patients with advanced Parkinson's disease.

Offered through: Miami Valley HospitalGood Samaritan HospitalAtrium Medical CenterUpper Valley Medical Center

Functional Neurosurgery

The experts at Premier Health provide extensive surgical experience in functional neurosurgery. Functional neurosurgery offers therapies for neurological diseases including Epilepsy, chronic pain, MS, spinal cord injury, Trigeminal Neuralgia and other facial pain, and movement disorders, including; Parkinson’s disease, tremor, and dystonia.

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital

Deep Brain Stimulation (Surgery)

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is surgery to relieve many of the most disabling symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia. A neurostimulator, a device similar to a heart pacemaker, is implanted into the body. Electrical impulses (referred to as stimulation) can have a positive effect on tremor, stiffness, slowness, dyskinesia, medication wearing off and some types of walking problems. 

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital

ROSA™ Brain

ROSA™ is a minimally invasive robotic surgical assistant used to enhance the safety and reliability of neurological procedures such as brain biopsies and surgical evaluation of epilepsy. ROSA is a robot with an arm that replicates the movements of a human arm, allowing for extremely precise positioning but also the ability for freedom of movement. Learn more

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital

Your Movement Disorders Team

Our team uses their extensive training and experience to help patients and their loved ones manage movement disorders. Neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurology nurse specialists, dedicated neuroscience social workers, and physical, occupational and speech therapists collaborate to ensure patients receive personalized, compassionate care. Find a Doctor.

Learn About Treatments for Movement Disorders

Premier Health Library

The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about treatments for movement disorders and neurosciences. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for a surgery, and much more.


Content Updated: January 2, 2018

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