Movement Disorders

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For nearly two decades, the team at the Henry Ford Movement Disorders Center has been a national leader in high quality and compassionate care for those who suffer from movement disorders. We offer a variety of treatment options, many of which can be customized based on your condition.

Movement disorders can range from abnormal motions or the lack of movement involving the head, voice, tongue, arms and legs, to muscle contractions causing involuntary and painful rigidness and twisting of muscles. Some of these diseases, like Parkinson’s, can also be associated with mental decline.

Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. Nearly one million people in the United States are living with Parkinson's disease. The disease causes the gradual loss of brain cells in a small part of the brain called the substantia nigra. When neurons in this part of the brain begin to die, the cells can no longer manufacture dopamine, a chemical that helps control muscle movement.

Tremor

Tremor refers to rhythmic shaking of a body part. Essential tremor (ET) is the most common type of tremor. If you suffer from this condition, you may be frustrated or tired of hearing that you seem “nervous.”

ET usually affects the hands, but it may also affect your:

  • Head and neck
  • Face
  • Jaw
  • Tongue
  • Voice (causing a tremulous or quavering sound)
  • Trunk
  • Legs (rare)

Dystonia

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterized by muscle contractions that lead to abnormal and sometimes painful movements or postures. Dystonia can affect any part of the body including the arms and legs, neck, eyelids, face or vocal cords.

Personalized Treatment Options

The Henry Ford team of experts specializes in a wide range of treatment options for movement disorders. Your care and treatment are our primary concern. Once we obtain a diagnosis, we tailor treatment to you specific combination of symptoms. To help you return to daily activities, we offer comprehensive care with medications, physical and occupational therapy and assistive devices.

There are a wide range of advanced treatment options that our care team will explore with you.

Treatment for Movement Disorders

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