Movement Disorders

Every movement that you make starts with a signal from your brain that goes to your body.

Movement disorders are a group of diseases that disrupt the signaling process. Some movement disorders cause people to have involuntary shaking or lose coordination, while other movement disorders cause too-slow movements or painfully rigid muscles.

If you or a family member has a movement disorder, our specialists at Nebraska Medicine can help.

The dedicated experts in our comprehensive Movement Disorders Clinic treat the full range of movement disorders including Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, essential tremor, orthostatic tremor, dystonia, tics, ataxia, and myoclonus, and many others.

Our clinic includes specialists from many different areas so that we can help the whole patient.

Effective treatment with the latest medications or surgery can help people with movement disorders to stay independent and have the best possible quality of life.

What to expect in the Movement Disorders Clinic:

The Broadest Range and Depth of Experience and Expertise

The Movement Disorders Clinic at Nebraska Medicine is the most comprehensive in the region, with neurologists who specialize in the diagnosis, management and treatment of people with movement disorders.

In addition to our general Movement Disorders Clinic, we also have specialized comprehensive clinics for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, spasticity, Huntington's disease, as well as our Deep Brain Stimulation Center.

Our Parkinson's disease clinic is the largest in the region. We see about 3,000 Parkinson's disease-related visits every year, and have performed surgery on thousands of patients over the last decade. That means our team not only knows how to accurately diagnose you, but also that there's no one who is going to be better equipped to help you.

Life-Alerting Results

If you suffer from Parkinson’s, essential tremor or dystonia, there’s new hope thanks to innovative surgery performed at Nebraska Medicine.

The procedure, called deep brain stimulation (DBS), can be life-changing. Nebraska Medicine’s head of neurosurgery is a recognized world leader in the field of DBS and has developed guidelines for this surgical procedure.

Study results show this procedure, which places electrodes on parts of the brain to interrupt abnormal activity, can greatly alleviate your tremors.

Our neurosurgeons perform more DBS procedures than any other medical center in the region.

The Latest in Medical Advances

Our dedication to research allows us to use the latest diagnostic tools and medical therapies. We offer multiple new drugs that have helped our patients tremendously, as well as deep brain stimulation to reduce tremors and Botox injections to relax painful, rigid muscles.

We are also the only site in Nebraska to use the Personal Kinetigraph (PKG) device as part of our assessment.

Our doctors are very involved in research and are dedicated to finding a cure for all movement disorders.

Comprehensive Care from a Dedicated Movement Disorder Team

At Nebraska Medicine, you will see a multidisciplinary team of specialists who work together in the management of these debilitating diseases.

Your care team will be led by a neurologist specially trained in the treatment of movement disorders, who will coordinate with specialists in other areas who have expertise in the management of your symptoms.

Depending on your individual needs, your team may include specialists from neurosurgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, orthopedic services, nutritional services, speech therapy, neuropsychology, social services, neuro-ophthalmology, gastroenterology, pulmonary medicine, cardiology or palliative care.

Personalized Plan for Ongoing Support

Led by physicians who specialize in movement disorders, a dedicated team reviews the needs of each individual to provide the best care possible throughout the various stages of your condition.

Members of the team will help you and your family to get the support and assistance you need, including support groups, counseling, exercise classes, speech and language therapy, physical or occupational therapy.

Our goal is to help you live the best quality of life possible.

Clinical Trial Access

Our doctors participate in some of the most current movement disorders clinical trials, giving our patients access to the most promising and cutting-edge treatments. See an updated list of what clinical trials related to movement disorders are underway.