The Movement Disorders Clinic specializes in the evaluation and treatment of disorders of gait, coordination and other aspects of movement. Patients are seen with diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Parkinson-plus syndromes, torticollis and other dystonias, Huntington's disease, tremors, spinocerebellar syndromes, myoclonus, and all other neurodegenerative illnesses involving the cerebellum and basal ganglia.
Patients also are evaluated for blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm and cerebellar ataxias. Specialized care, including botulinum toxin is provided for all types of dystonia including torticollis, writer's cramp, musician's cramp, sialorrhea and focal dystonia in the limbs. Surgical pallidotomy is available for appropriate patients with Parkinson's disease. Experimental trials to evaluate the efficiency of new drugs, including glial-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) in Parkinson's patients is being developed.
Patients may be referred for a single consultation visit or for continued care and management of particularly difficult movement disorders. Other patients may be enrolled in clinical studies while continuing to receive routine medical care from their primary physicians. In all cases, the staff strives to arrange a treatment program among the patient, referring doctor and clinic that maximizes care, communication and efficiency.
Our multidisciplinary team is comprised of neurologists with special expertise in movement disorders, pharmacists, nurses, social workers and a patient services coordinator. Each of these health care professionals plays a key role in making your visit as efficient and comfortable as possible.
Julie Gurwell, PhD, PA-C
Phone: (859) 323-6702 x 242
Fax: (859) 323-5943
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is an FDA-approved surgical procedure that does not destroy any parts of the brain. A small electrode is surgically implanted in the brain; it emits an electrical pulse that controls erratic movements. Following the initial surgery, doctors monitor the patient's progress and adjust the electrical pulse accordingly.
The multidisciplinary team at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute works with each patient to find the best course of treatment. Medication is usually the first step, but some patients don't respond to medication. In those cases, KNI offers the most advanced surgical alternatives – including Deep Brain Stimulation. More information on DBS »
Learn about these common movement disorders.
There are many support groups and resources available to you if you have questions about movement disorders. Among these are both local and national organizations along with informational courses about Parkinson's Disease »
Most commonly, patients are referred through their primary care provider or neurologist.