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What Are Movement Disorders?

Movement disorders are a group of neurologic conditions in which patients experience abnormal voluntary  or involuntary movements. Examples include muscular rigidity/slowness, tremors, tics, myoclonus, choreas and  gait disorders. Movement disorders are clinically defined entities; therefore, extensive diagnostic testing is usually not necessary. Work-up and management must be tailored individually to each patient.

Why Choose OhioHealth for Movement Disorders

David Hinkle, MD, Movement Disorders SpecialistPatients treated for movement disorders at OhioHealth have access to the latest treatments to help improve function and quality of life.

We have a broad spectrum of focused expertise with a team that includes these specialists:

  • OhioHealth neurologist fellowship trained in movement disorders
  • OhioHealth neurologists specially trained in cognitive neurology and neuropsychology
  • Rehabilitation therapists — physical, exercise, occupational, speech
  • Social worker
  • Genetic counselor for Huntington's and other familial diseases

In addition to providing medical and physical therapy treatment options, the movement disorders specialist works in collaboration with OhioHealth Delay the Disease™, a community-based wellness program based on exercises that target Parkinson's disease-specific symptoms.

We Provide Patient-Focused Expertise

Our approach optimizes quality of life for patients with movement disorders.

We spend the time required to understand the disease experience of each individual patient, working step by step through the symptoms, listening to patients tell us what they've been struggling with and then providing a customized treatment plan.

We work closely with the patient's primary care physician and/or referring neurologist, providing recommendations for care and follow-up information to appointments.

We are dedicated to helping patients manage their symptoms, regain function or control over their movements and maintain a quality lifestyle. 

Diagnosis

OhioHealth experts are experienced at identifying the early and distinguishing symptoms/signs of movement disorders. This is critical to the diagnostic and management process, since treatments can vary substantially between the different types of movement disorders.

At OhioHealth, a diagnostic meeting for movement disorders includes:

  • One-on-one patient consultation to perform a history and neurologic examination
  • Identification of the diagnostic possibilities and the approach to their laboratory and/or imaging work-up
  • Education about the diagnostic possibilities
  • Discussion of the treatment plan

Treatment

We offer an interactive, multidisciplinary approach to the life-long management of movement disorders. Modalities of treatment include:

  • Medications
  • Botulinum toxin injections
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Exercise therapy
  • Assessments for surgical interventions (e.g., deep brain stimulation, or DBS)
  • Referrals for neuropsychological and cognitive care 

We Treat a Full Range of Disorders

  • Ataxia
  • Chorea
  • Drug-induced (acute and tardive syndromes)
  • Dystonia
  • Gait
  • Genetic (such as Huntington's disease)
  • Myoclonus
  • Parkinson's disease and atypical parkinsonism
  • Restless legs
  • Rigidity
  • Tics
  • Tremor

Referring Physician Information

When to Make a Referral

Patient displays an abnormality of movement and/or movement control, such as:

  • Development of tremor, jerks or other atypical movements
  • Change in ability to control limbs or regions of the body
  • Change in sense of stability in walking; falling
  • Onset of rigidity and/or slowness of movement

For more information or to make a referral, contact OhioHealth Neurological Physicians at 1 (855) 232.2555 or (614) 533.5500 for scheduling.