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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Parkinsonism refers to a group of motor system disorders. The most common type is Parkinson’s disease (PD). Individuals with parkinsonism may have symptoms that include tremor, slowed movement, stiffness and impaired balance.
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.
Dystonia is a neurological condition. People with dystonia – either on its own or as part of another condition – experience sustained or intermittent muscle contractions that cause abnormal postures, unusual repetitive movements, or both.
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Resources For Patients
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.
MR-guided Focused Ultrasound Treatment
MR-guided Focused Ultrasound is an incisionless treatment for Essential Tremor patients who have not responded to medication. It uses focused sound waves guided by MRI to provide treatment deep in the brain with no incisions or permanent implants.
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.
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