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Movement Disorders

Harper University Hospital and Wayne State University offer evaluation and treatment for a full range of movement disorders, including:

  • Parkinson's disease, Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLBD), Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), and related syndromes
  • Essential tremor and other tremor disorders
  • Torticollis and other dystonias
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Tourette's, Huntington's and other choreas
  • Wilson's disease
  • Spinocerebellar ataxias

At Harper University Hospital, patients with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders have access to clinical trials and the latest approved medications and surgical procedures. Multidisciplinary care for patients with Parkinson’s disease may include physical therapy, speech and swallowing therapy, psychiatry and occupational therapy.

Other advanced therapies for movement disorders include:

  • Medical and surgical therapy for tremors and dystonia
  • Botulinum toxin (Botox and Myobloc) therapy for spasmodic torticollis and other dystonias, including limb dystonias, orofacial dystonias and spasmodic dysphonia
  • Evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of unusual movement disorders, including Farr's disease and other calcifications of the basal ganglia
  • Stiff person syndrome and painful limbs/moving digits

Lead physician Edwin George, M.D., Ph.D. and Mary Shaya, M.D. provide consultation and management services, including botulinum toxin injections, electrophysiologic evaluation for movement disorders and deep brain stimulation programming. Our physicians also evaluate candidates for deep brain stimulation surgery and perform intra-operative recording during the surgeries performed by Hazem Eltahawy, M.D. in the Department of Neurosurgery at Harper University Hospital.

Our physicians also work with the Department’s neurogeneticists in evaluation and management of genetic movement disorders. Research plays an important role in the Department of Neurology at Wayne State University and Harper University Hospital, and physicians in our Movement Disorders Center are involved in both treatment trials and development of advanced imaging and diagnostic techniques.

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