Movement disorders are a group of conditions characterized by loss of normal movement or the presence of abnormal movements. Although weakness may be a symptom, movement disorders typically result in other problems including slowed movement, difficulty with smooth, coordinated movement or involuntary movement. A variety of other symptoms may be present as well, depending on the specific condition.
There are many diseases and conditions that result in these symptoms, and a detailed evaluation by a physician with specific training and expertise in this area is often needed to make a diagnosis. The neurologists at the Neurosciences Institute have all had additional specialized training in the diagnosis and management of these conditions.
There are varying ways to treat the symptoms of movement disorders, including medication and surgery. Deep brain stimulation is at the forefront of advanced surgical techniques used to help patients when medications no longer meet their needs. To find out more about deep brain stimulation and learn about patient experiences, please visit www.amc.edu/dbs.
|Dr. Eric Molho, director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Albany Med discusses the quality and comprehensive care patients get when visiting the center.|