A movement disorders specialist is a neurologist who has had extra training (1-2 years) in seeing only patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Essential Tremor, Dystonia, Huntington’s Disease and other movement disorders.  This training also includes learning about the deep brain stimulation (DBS) selection process, participating in the surgical process and long term programming of DBS which occurs in the office.  Movement disorders specialists also treat patients with botulinum toxin injections (non-cosmetic) for their movement disorders, such as, but not limited to, dystonia.

Here is a list of some of the disorders that are treated by movement disorder specialists:

         Parkinsonism Disorders:

-       Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease

-       Young-onset Parkinson’s disease

-       Atypical parkinsonism

o   Corticobasal degeneration

o   Progressive supranuclear palsy

o   Multiple systems atrophy

o   Vascular parkinsonism


Other Movement Disorders:

-       Essential tremor

-       Tremor of other etiologies (i.e. iatrogenic)

-       Restless leg syndrome

-       Hemifacial spasm

-       Cervical dystonia (spasmodic torticollis)

-       Dystonic head tremor

-       Other dystonias (i.e. focal, segmental, generalized)

-       Tic disorders

-       Tourette’s syndrome

-       Myoclonus

-       Chorea

-       Huntington’s disease

-       Ataxia

-       Tardive dyskinesias

-       Functional movement disorders                                                                                                                                                  


Other neurological disease states managed:

-       Mild cognitive impairment

-       Dementia with Lewy bodies

-       Alzheimer’s dementia

-       Vascular dementia

 Specialty Services:

 Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

o   Evaluation for potential candidacy

o   Postoperative DBS programming and management