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Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program

Movement disorders are a group of diseases and syndromes affecting the ability to produce and control movement.

Though it seems simple and effortless, normal movement requires an astonishingly complex system of control. Disruption of any portion of this system can cause a person to produce movements that are too weak, too forceful, uncoordinated, or poorly controlled for the task at hand. Unwanted movements may occur at rest. Intentional movement may become impossible. Such conditions are called movement disorders.

Abnormal movements are symptoms of underlying disorders. In some cases, the abnormal movements are the only symptoms. Disorders causing abnormal movements include:

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Atypical parkinsonisms
  • Huntington's disease
  • Essential tremor
  • Tics
  • Ataxias
  • Dystonia
  • Other movement disorders

The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center provides diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of movement disorders, including:

  • Medical management
  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS)
  • Intra-intestinal pump for continuous infusion of medication (Duopa®)
  • Botulinum toxin (Botox®) injection

Interdisciplinary care at DHMC for those with movement disorders is provided by specialists in:

  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuropsychology
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Urology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Dermatology
  • Dementia Services
  • Palliative Care
  • Other specialties as needed

Our specialists are carrying out clinical research trials designed to discover new treatments for and insights into movement disorders. These research efforts are funded with support from such agencies as Hitchcock Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Michael J. Fox Foundation, pharmaceutical companies, Parkinson's Study Group, and donations to the Parkinson's Research Fund at the nonprofit charity, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.

For appointments with a clinician, please see More Appointment Information. For support services — information, education, support groups and more — please contact the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Resource Center.

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