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Movement Disorders

Nearly 40 million Americans live with some form of a movement disorder, from Parkinson’s and dystonia to essential tremor and Tourette syndrome. The term “movement disorder” refers to a group of neurological conditions that causes uncontrollable movements, such as tremors and muscle spasms, or movements that are abnormally slow.

The Ochsner Neuroscience Institute Movement Disorders Program addresses these abnormalities with a wide array of treatments aimed at helping patients improve their stride.


About 15 to 20 percent of people with Parkinson disease have relatives who have or have had the disease.

Ochsner leads the way with state-of-the-art treatment options and services, offering:

  • Botox therapy for spasticity, dystonia and blepharospasm
  • Deep brain stimulation, a neurosurgical operation that involves the placement of a thin wire into specific areas of the brain, to treat Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia
    • Our staff has performed more than 300 deep brain stimulation procedures, improving the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, Essential Tremor and Dystonia.
  • Continuous infusion (pump) treatment for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Interdisciplinary clinic for people with Huntington’s Disease.  The Clinic has been named a Center of Excellence by the Huntington's Disease Society of America and is the only such clinic in Louisiana. 

Why Ochsner?

Ochsner’s Movement Disorders program offers the most advanced treatment and management of these conditions, including:

  • Highly trained specialists
    • The physicians on staff at Ochsner’s Movement Disorders program are fellowship-trained with years of experience in their field.
  • An experienced team
    • Ochsner has performed more deep brain stimulation procedures than any other program in the state of Louisiana.
  • Diagnostic expertise
    • The specialists on staff are experts in diagnosing your movement disorder correctly — the first time.
  • Therapy programs for Parkinson’s patients
    • An Ochsner care plan goes beyond just medicine to take a more holistic approach.
    • About 15 to 20 percent of people with Parkinson disease have relatives who have or have had the disease.

​Conditions Treated

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Normal pressure hydrocephalus
  • Essential tremor
  • Torticollis
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Gait disturbance or balance problems
  • Ataxia
  • Spasticity
  • Dystonia