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

  • Botulinum Toxin Injections is shown

    While there are currently no cures for dystonia, a number of treatment options are available to help lessen your muscle spasms, pain, and awkward postures. These include oral medications and botulinum toxin (Botox®) injection therapy.

    Henry Ford movement disorder specialists are highly experienced in the injection of botulinum toxin, a biological product that can relax muscles and reduce contractions. If your treatment plan includes this therapy, you will return to Henry Ford every few months for an injection. Henry Ford utilizes four different types of the neurotoxin—including the most commonly known, Botox®. These options make it possible to further tailor your treatment to you.

  • Deep Brain Stimulation is hidden

    Henry Ford has a record of excellence in the surgical treatment of patients with movement disorders. Our Movement Disorders Center was the first in Michigan and the third in the world to perform microelectrode-guided deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat patients with Parkinson’s disease, tremor, dystonia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. This advanced procedure allows patients with Parkinson's Disease to undergo surgery without having a frame placed on their heads and without having to be awake.

    Learn more about how deep brain stimulation is done and our ongoing movement disorders research.

  • Baclofen Pump Therapy is hidden

    For patients with neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis and movement disorders like dystonia, Henry Ford offers baclofen pump therapy to deliver precise amounts of baclofen (Lioresal® intrathecal) directly to the spine. Baclofen reduces muscle hyperactivity and allows for more normal muscle movements.

    This type of therapy uses a pump and catheter system to deliver baclofen to the spine into the intrathecal space (where fluid flows around the spinal cord). Intrathecal baclofen can be more effective in reducing your symptoms than baclofen taken orally.

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