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Wayne Health neurologists specializing in movement disorders provide evaluation and treatment for a full range of movement conditions from Parkinson’s disease to restless legs syndrome. Movement disorders can cause tremors, involuntary movements such as tics and spasms, and even pain. Our team works to develop a care plan tailored to your unique needs. Medication, surgery, physical and other therapies, lifestyle changes and other medical approaches can play a role in treating movement disorder symptoms. There are also opportunities to participate in research trials of the latest treatments because of Wayne Health’s affiliation with Wayne State University School of Medicine.
At Wayne Health, your Parkinson’s disease care will begin with a comprehensive evaluation because the symptoms of Parkinson’s and several related diseases can be medication side effects, head trauma or stroke. You may also have tests to help rule out other causes, such as an MRI to look for signs of stroke or brain tumor. A nuclear medicine test known as a DATScan may be done to look for loss of dopamine-releasing nerve cells.
In Parkinson’s and related diseases (multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, dementia with Lewy bodies and corticobasal degeneration), abnormal processing of certain proteins causes the nerve cells that make dopamine to breakdown. Once started, the abnormal processing maintains itself and spreads in the brain. Scientists have identified multiple triggers for the problem and are researching ways to prevent and interrupt the abnormal protein processing.
At Wayne Health, treatment of Parkinson’s disease includes access to groundbreaking clinical trials as well as the latest approved medications. We offer Parkinson’s surgery and multidisciplinary care that includes physical therapy, speech and swallowing therapy, psychotherapy and occupational therapy, as indicated. Medical and surgical therapy for tremors is also available.
Wayne Health neurologists offer botulinum toxin therapy (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin and Myobloc) for torticollis and other dystonias (limb and orofacial), performed with electromyographic (EMG) guidance. We provide evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of unusual movement disorders, such as Farr’s disease, other calcifications of the basal ganglia, stiff person syndrome, and painful legs/moving toes that includes access to research trials in these areas.
Wayne Health physicians and researchers are also faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine who conduct basic research and clinical studies. This can make the latest treatments and clinical trials available to you sooner than other providers without a medical school affiliation.
Our Neurology faculty physicians conduct research of Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, essential tremor, Farr’s disease, stiff person syndrome and other movement disorders.
For more information, please visit the links below at the WSU School of Medicine.