​Our Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center

Living with Parkinson’s disease or a movement disorder can have a big impact on your independence and quality of life. Every movement your body makes is controlled by interactions between your brain, spinal cord and muscles. Movement disorders are caused by abnormal brain function and can result in involuntary movements ranging in severity from subtle to disabling, and can make everyday tasks difficult. 

Our Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center specialists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of complex neurological disorders. We offer comprehensive medical management and innovative treatments to empower patients so they can live life to the fullest. 

Our team takes a collaborative approach to managing and treating these disorders, with the aim of improving life quality as much as possible. We work closely with the Movement Disorder Center at Cleveland Clinic in the US, allowing us to draw on expertise from a global team of specialists. ​

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a condition of the nervous system that affects your movements and is caused by changes in a small area of the brain that controls how you move your body. It is a progressive disease and symptoms can appear gradually, sometimes over a period of weeks, months or even years. Patients commonly attribute symptoms to aging at first and it is often family and friends who are the ones that notice early changes. 

The most common symptoms of Parkinson’s are a slow-down in movements of the whole body (usually most noticeable when walking), shaking and tremors and muscle stiffness which can cause a stooped posture. Other symptoms can include speaking in a slower, softer voice, mood changes, anxiety, depression, a loss of facial expression or a loss of the sense of smell. Parkinson’s symptoms can range from subtle to severe, but with proper treatment you can still live a full and active life.

What We Treat

We offer comprehensive treatment for a range of neurological disorders. Many movement disorders do not have any identified cause or are inherited, while others can by caused by stroke, infections, inflammatory or metabolic causes, autoimmune diseases or medications. The cause of some is still unknown. Movement disorders we treat include:​

  • Ataxia
  • Atypical parkinsonism such as progressive supranuclear palsy
  • Chorea
  • Corticobasal gegeneration 
  • Dystonia
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Multiple system atrophy
  • Myoclonus
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Tardive dyskinesia
  • Tics and Tourette's syndrome
  • Tremor
  • Wilson's disease

Treatment and Procedures

We offer a range of cutting-edge treatments for Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders.  A clinical diagnosis is first made by reviewing a patient’s history and performing a neurological exam. The severity and stage of the condition are also assessed. Our team will then discuss your individual needs and the most appropriate treatment for you.

Treatment with medication for Parkinson’s disease is effective and can help improve movement symptoms. We also provide Pump Infusion Therapy, which allows continuous delivery of medication to the patient and provides more consistent and reliable symptom relief, compared to oral therapy.

Patients can receive injections which inhibit muscle movement to reduce spasms and tremors. This works by blocking the release of certain chemicals in the muscles, causing them to relax. This can greatly improve muscle movement in patients with dystonia, spasticity, hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm, tremor and other involuntary movements.

We also offer surgical treatment, known as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), for patients who are not responding to or can’t tolerate medication, or in patients whose symptoms have caused a significant decrease in quality of life. The procedure involves implanting electrodes which deliver electrical impulses and stimulate the brain to provide relief from tremors, stiffness and unwanted symptoms. This surgery may be recommended for patients with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, epilepsy and obsessive-compulsive disorder. ​

Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center Caregivers

One of the most important parts of any treatment plan for neurological disorders is a dedicated, experienced team of specialist caregivers. Our multidisciplinary team work together with the aim of providing the best possible treatment outcome for you. Caregivers at the center include: ​

  • Movement disorder neurologists
  • Neurosurgeons​
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Rehabilitation assistants
  • Clinical nurse specialists

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