Muscle spasms, tremors and/or impaired motor control can get in the way of enjoying your life. They can also be a symptom of something more serious.
A range of neurological disorders can cause symptoms of involuntary movement like tremors, shaking, walking problems and impaired motor control. No matter the size of your challenge, we will treat your movement disorder.
Treating Movement Disorders at UVA
Watch UVA's neurologists and neurosurgeons talk about how they treat Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. View movement disorders transcript.
Reducing Abnormal Movement
Selective targeting with chemodenervation (botulinum toxin injections) can improve some dystonias, including hemifacial spasm.
Botox injections blocks signals from nerves to the muscles. In disorders such as dystonia, hemifacial spasm or tremor, there are abnormal signals that cause muscles to function incorrectly. By blocking these abnormal signals and weakening the active muscle, we can reduce the degree of abnormal movement or spasm in the affected part of the body.
At UVA, we have extensive experience in evaluating and treating patients who may benefit from this treatment.
Deep Brain Stimulation & Other Interventions
There’s no cure for Parkinson's disease. However, deep brain stimulation can lessen symptoms and can be effective for essential tremor.
Our comprehensive treatment approach includes:
- Non-pharmacologic therapy
Focused Ultrasound for Parkinson's & Tremor
In 2011, we conducted the first-ever clinical trial using focused ultrasound surgery to treat essential tremor. Today, the procedure is FDA approved.
Read the latest about focused ultrasound, and find out if it will work for you.