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Movement Disorders Clinic

Movement disorders are complex neurological conditions that can cause involuntary and excess movement, impaired balance and coordination, muscle rigidity, slow movement or other symptoms.

Our Movement Disorders Clinic specializes in evaluating and treating movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, spasticity and all types of tremors. Our team also offers specialized treatment of spasticity resulting from stroke, multiple sclerosis and head injury.

Movement Disorders Clinic: Why Choose Vanderbilt?

At Vanderbilt, we offer:

  • Center of Excellence: The Parkinson's Foundation has designated Vanderbilt as a Center of Excellence. We are also recognized as a national leader in using deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and essential tremor.
  • Depth of experience: Vanderbilt was one of the first medical centers in the U.S. to perform deep brain stimulation (DBS). We continue to be one of the most active academic medical centers performing DBS in the country. 
  • Highly trained experts: Our doctors have the skill and knowledge to treat the full range of movement disorders. Together, we determine the best treatment options to help you effectively manage your condition.  
  • Support groups and services: Our team offers you the care and support you need through educational programs and workshops. We can also connect you with our movement disorders support group. 
  • Coordinated care: Our patient care coordinator can help you gather medical records, schedule appointments and answer any questions.  

Movement Disorders Clinic: Conditions We Treat

At Vanderbilt, we evaluate and treat the full range of movement disorders, including:

  • Corticobasal degeneration
  • Dystonia
    • Blepharospasm
    • Focal dystonia
    • Torticollis
    • Writer’s cramp
  • Essential tremor
  • Gait disorders
  • Hemifacial spasm 
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Olivopontocerebellar atrophy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy
  • Shy-Drager syndrome (multiple systems atrophy)
  • Spasticity
  • Tardive dyskinesia
  • Tourette syndrome  
  • Tremors

Movement Disorders Clinic: Treatments

While there is no cure for movement disorders, treatment can help ease your symptoms and allow you to live a full, active life. Treatment options include:

  • Medication: We can help you manage the symptoms of your movement disorder with medication. We work with you to monitor the ongoing effectiveness of your medication.
  • Botulinum toxin therapy: Our specialists may administer botulinum toxin into your muscle to block the nerve signals that cause abnormal voluntary or involuntary movements.
  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS): DBS is a brain surgery. Surgeons place small electrodes (wires) deep within specific areas of the brain. These wires connect to a pacemaker-like battery pack, known as a neurostimulator, implanted in your chest. The neurostimulator provides continuous high-frequency electrical stimulation to the part of the brain responsible for your movement disorder. This stimulation helps to control abnormal movements.
  • Clinical trials: We are continually searching for new and more effective ways to treat movement disorders. At Vanderbilt, you may be eligible to participate in clinical trials that offer promising new approaches to treatment.

Movement Disorders Clinic: Locations

Nashville
The Vanderbilt Clinic
1301 Medical Center Drive, Suite 3930
Nashville, TN 37232
Phone: (615) 936-0060
Fax: (615) 343-2008

Movement Disorders Clinic: Providers


Neuropsychologist


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