Movement Disorders Program at Orange Coast Medical Center

The Movement Disorders Program, part of the MemorialCare Neuroscience Institute at Orange Coast Medical Center, has a rich history of providing comprehensive and compassionate treatment and support for patients affected by Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, ataxia, dystonia, and other movement disorders. For more than 20 years, MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center has supported research, innovative technology investment, groundbreaking treatment, referral services and specialized rehabilitation services.

Pioneered by world-renowned neurologist, Daniel Truong, M.D., he and neurosurgeon, Devin K. Binder, M.D., Ph.D., have developed one of the most robust programs for the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders in Southern California. In addition, Orange Coast Medical Center offers numerous support groups and exercise classes for patients and their loved ones.

Our Comprehensive Program

Leading in innovation and personalizing care, Orange Coast Medical Center is recognized by national organizations for our Movement Disorders Program.

  • Treatment evaluations: Comprehensive evaluation for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment
  • Clinical research trials: Access to breakthrough clinical trials specifically developed for people with Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders
  • Advanced diagnostic imaging
    • high-field MRI
    • DaTscan testing
    • High-speed 64-slice CT scanner
    • MIBG nuclear scan
  • Patient navigation: Trained neuroscience professionals who provide support, education and resources to people with Parkinson’s disease & movement disorders.
  • Support Groups & Exercise Classes: Orange Coast Medical Center is pleased to offer patient and carepartner support groups, exercises classes, physical therapy, speech therapy, and leading minimally-invasive & surgical treatment options.

Leading Treatments

  • MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound: A minimally invasive procedure to alleviate tremor associated with Essential Tremor and Tremor-Dominant Parkinson’s disease. MRgFUS uses ultrasound waves to create a small lesion in the thalamus to interrupt irregular electrical signals that cause hand tremors. During the procedure, an MRI is used to obtain detailed images of the brain anatomy to guide and control the treatment, allowing the neurosurgeon to pinpoint, direct and continuously monitor the treatment area while not affecting the surrounding healthy tissue of the brain. Results are immediate and research shows results last for at least 5 years.
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS): Uses implanted electrodes controlled by a neurostimulator to block abnormal nerve signals that are causing essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease symptoms. Before the people electrodes are placed, an MRI and CT scan are performed to pinpoint the precise area of the brain for treatment. Once placed, the electrodes can be individually adjusted to control essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease symptoms.