Some neurological conditions or diseases cause abnormal body movements – either slower (hypokinetic) movements (as in Parkinson's disease) or faster (hyperkinetic) movements (as with tics). Parkinson's disease and tremor are the most common movement disorders. Others include:
- Huntington's disease
- Atypical Parkinson's ("Parkinson's Plus")
- Tourette's syndrome and other tic disorders
- Progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, and multiple system atrophy
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital cares for one of the world's largest populations of patients with movement disorders through the Center for Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Our neurologists are experts at diagnosing and treating common and rare movement disorders. Our neurosurgeons are exceptionally skilled and among the most experienced in the country offering surgical therapy (deep brain stimulation) for Parkinson's disease and other select movement disorders. Our multidisciplinary team also includes neuropsychologists, nurses, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, genetic counselors, and other healthcare personnel who collaborate to ensure that each patient receives optimal care.
We realize that movement disorders are complicated diseases, with physical and psychological symptoms that can affect not only patients, but those close to them. We therefore take time to guide patients and their families through what can be a lengthy treatment process, offering support as they move along the journey with these chronic illnesses. Our team is also very involved in community outreach to raise awareness of movement disorders and the resources available to patients and their families.
In addition to clinical care, NewYork-Presbyterian's physicians and scientists are at the forefront of research for movement disorders to better understand their causes and to develop more effective therapies.