Movement Disorders : About

The Neurologic subspecialty of Movement Disorders addresses abnormalities in normal human movement.  Symptoms of a movement disorder can be walking difficulties, tremor, jerking, "dance-like" movements or slowing of normal movement.  While some Movement Disorders have diagnostic tests, many are diagnosed on physical exam alone.  Thus, a Movement Disorders Specialist is often needed to confirm or make initial diagnosis.

Common symptoms evaluated in this clinic include:

Ataxia- difficulty walking or maintaining balance

Tremor- involuntary shaking of an arm, chin or leg either at rest or when trying to do something

Dystonia- sustained contraction of a muscle or muscle group

Chorea- "dance-like" movements of arms, hands, legs or body

Tic- a sudden jerk-like movement of a muscle or muscle group

 

Specific Diseases and syndromes seen in this clinic:

Parkinson's Disease, Parkinsonism, Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, Huntington's Disease, Freidreich's Ataxia, Essential Tremor, Dystonia, Torticollis, Tourette Syndrome, and many others.

 Treatments and management:

Depending on the diagnosis there may be treatments available.  Medical botulinum therapy is available for patients with dystonia and certain types of spasm.  Deep brain stimulation therapy is available for appropriate patients with Parkinson's Disease, Essential Tremor or dystonia. 

Our Medical Team:

David Hougton, MD, Vice-Chair Department of Neurology and Chief, Division of Memory and Movement Disorders

Georgia Lea, MD, Director, Movement Disorders Clinic and DBS Program

Nish Chhabria, MD

Jayaraman Rao, MD, Distinguished Professor

Lynn Eckhardt, NP

Alicia Porter, RN

Up-coming events:

  • Louisiana Walks for Parkinsons, Saturday, October 27 at Audubon Park.  For more information and to register, please visit:  www.Parkinsonswalk.org

 

  • 7th Annual Parkinson's Disease Symposium, April 2013.  Exact date and venue to be determined.  For information and to pre-register, please visit:  www.ochsner.org/PD

 

  

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