…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
Offer people one of the most experienced and comprehensive movement disorder programs in the United States
Patient Story: Jim’s Journey
Jim Hudson has suffered from an essential tremor in both hands for the past 30 years. He couldn’t eat, drink, or do regular-everyday activities by himself.
The WVU Medicine Comprehensive Movement Disorders Clinic provides world-class, multidisciplinary, holistic and personalized treatment.
Expert, multidisciplinary team approach
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
Providing care for patients with movement disorders, including those with:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Essential tremor
- Huntington’s disease
- Cerebellar disorders
Range of treatment options: standard, novel, and innovative
- 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 lead to the disorder.
MR-guided Focused Ultrasound
WVU Medicine is the only center serving West Virginia and western Pennsylvania that combines expertise and innovative tools, such as MR-guided Focused-Ultrasound. This FDA-approved treatment is completely noninvasive and requires no exposure to radiation.
Non-Invasive Treatment for Essential Tremor
WVU Medicine is the only site in West Virginia, and one of just 15 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 instead of incisions, brain implants, or radiation.
- The ultrasound waves are focused through the skull to create a small ablation, or burn, which reduces the hand 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.