for Movement Disorders
The WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute’s Comprehensive Movement Disorders Clinic personalizes each patient’s care by taking a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis, management, and treatment.
for Movement Disorders.
The WVU Medicine Comprehensive Movement Disorders Clinic combines a multidisciplinary approach with holistic, personalized care to evaluate, diagnose, manage, and treat all movement disorders.
WHAT WE DO
The nationally-recognized WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute team offers the most advanced, comprehensive movement disorder care available.
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The WVU Medicine Comprehensive Movement Disorders Clinic’s multidisciplinary team provides world-class, personalized treatment that is tailored to each patient’s individual needs.
Our team consists of experts in:
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
Movement disorders we treat include:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Essential tremor (ET)
- Huntington’s disease
- Cerebellar disorders
Our clinic offers a range of some of the most innovative approaches available, including:
- MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound
- Deep Brain Stimulation
NON-INVASIVE TREATMENT FOR ESSENTIAL TREMOR
WVU Medicine is the only site in West Virginia, and one of only a few sites in the United States, utilizing MR-guided focused ultrasound – a new, FDA-approved treatment for essential tremor (ET) and tremor-dominant Parkinson’s.
- MR-guided focused ultrasound uses non-audible sound waves to treat symptoms with no incisions, brain implants, or radiation.
- The ultrasound waves are focused through the skull to create a small ablation, or burn, which reduces the tremor.
- During treatment, a small lesion will be made in the thalamus – the part of the brain that controls your tremor.
- The physician uses MRI images to view and assess the treatment area.
DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION (DBS)
DBS can help ease symptoms of movement disorders and decrease the amount of medicine needed for treatment. The procedure is performed with a small incision to implant electrodes in certain areas of the brain to control abnormal impulses that cause the disorder’s symptoms.