The Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Disease Program provides comprehensive, compassionate and timely treatment for patients with movement disorders with some of the top neurologists and neurosurgeons in Long Beach and Orange County. Our experience in treating, researching and teaching about ataxia, dystonia, essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders allow us to provide the best care for our patients.
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A patient with tremor experiences involuntary, rhythmic muscle contraction and relaxation (oscillations or twitching) of one or more body parts. It is the most common of all involuntary movements and can affect the hands, arms, eyes, head, vocal chords, trunk and legs.
Individuals diagnosed with ataxia experience a failure of muscle control in their arms and legs which may result in a loss of balance, coordination and gait disturbances. Ataxia may affect the fingers, hands, arms, legs and body, as well as speech and eye movements.
A person with spasticity feels unusual tightness or stiffness of muscles that results from abnormal muscle tone. Spasticity may occur in multiple sclerosis, a condition when the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system, or in other conditions.
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This surgical procedure destroys a small group of cells in the thalamus, a major area that receives information from the basal ganglia. This procedure is mainly effective in abolishing tremor on the opposite side of the body to the surgery.
Parkinson’s not only affects persons with the disease, but also spouses, family, friends and co-workers. For this reason, programs have been developed to offer support to these individuals.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) may be an effective treatment option for patients with movement disorders; specifically essential tremor, dystonia or Parkinson’s disease, and those whose symptoms are too severe to be controlled with medication.
Located throughout Orange County and Los Angeles County, MemorialCare-affiliated physicians are locally and nationally recognized in their area of expertise. We've made it easy to find a quality healthcare provider right in your own backyard.
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