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Treatment Options

Temple offers exceptional resources for caring for people who have movement disorders. The Temple Neurosciences Center offers a host of treatment options, from various therapies to medical and surgical interventions. If you suffer from a movement disorder or a disease or condition that results in a movement disorder, Temple’s physicians, physical therapists and other specialists will collaborate to determine the best treatment program for you.

Medical Management

While they do not often cure movement disorders, medications may help manage many symptoms very effectively. Depending on the disorder, anti-epileptics, anti-seizure medicines, dopamine agonists, and tranquilizers may be effective for helping relieve the effects of movement disorders. Patients with Parkinson’s disease are often prescribed medications to increase the amount of dopamine in the brain. 

Botulinum Toxin

This option has been used effectively for spasms, focal dystonia, tics and many aspects of Parkinson’s disease. In this treatment, the toxin is injected near where the nerves signal a muscle to contract. In this way, a spasming or overly contracted muscle may be relaxed.

Medication Pumps

Round-the-clock pumps have been found to be effectively delivery mechanisms for drugs in cases where a patient suffers from ongoing spasticity.

Deep-Brain Stimulation

When patients experience worsening symptoms or don’t respond to medical therapies, deep-brain stimulation can offer relief. In this procedure, a neurosurgeon makes a small hole in the skull, then inserts an electrode into a targeted location in the brain. The electrode is attached to an external battery device. By delivering electrical impulses into the affected area of the brain, deep-brain stimulation activates nerve cells and provide symptom relief. Deep-brain stimulation has been helpful for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Ablation Surgery

Another therapy used when conventional management has failed, ablation surgery involves making an opening in the skull and delivering heat energy to brain tissue that is delivering improper electrical signals to the body. By destroying a narrowly targeted section of the brain, the interventional neurologist can limit symptoms.

Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy

Temple offers many therapeutic modalities to help patients with movement disorders retain mobility, learn adaptive skills, and maintain their independence. Physical therapy deals with full-body functioning and return to strength, balance and flexibility. Occupational therapy focuses on daily activities and helps patients find effective ways to perform tasks such as getting out of the bed or brushing their teeth. Speech therapy can help with tics and tremors of the mouth and head, especially as related to feeding and communicating.

Finding Help

Temple offers diagnostic and treatment options for people who have movement disorders. Additionally, the Movement Disorders Program is one of the region’s leaders in diagnosing, treating and managing movement disorders. Temple’s physicians can help you find the answers and guidance you need to move forward with confidence.

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