The functional neurosurgery team at Rhode Island Hospital helps people with movement disorders restore function and move better through innovative procedures.
Movement disorders affect more than 40 million people in the United States. A movement disorder can be any condition that affects one’s ability to move, or the manner of movement. They can affect voluntary movement, as well as involuntary—which includes autonomic functions such as breathing. Movement disorders range from mild to severely debilitating, and many have very similar symptoms. It is vitally important to get a correct diagnosis.
The field of movement disorders has been revolutionized in recent years by tremendous growth in new diagnostic information, pharmacological and neurosurgical treatments, and a deeper understanding of motor control. At the Movement Disorders Program, we take a holistic approach to disease management, employing the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, neuropsychology, psychiatry, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy and physical therapy.
Treatment Options for Movement Disorders
With many types of movement disorders, treatment is specific to each disorder. Medications are usually the preferred treatment, while surgical options are available for certain severe, persistent or degenerative conditions. We offer the latest in cutting-edge technology, and expertise in diagnosis and treatment, including:
- Comprehensive, coordinated care from a multidisciplinary team of specialists
- State-of-the-art imaging, including high-resolution 3-Tesla MR imaging, functional MRI, SPECT and PET imaging
- The latest and most effective pharmacological treatments
- Advanced surgical options, and Rhode Island’s only deep brain stimulation surgery program
- Clinical trials and ongoing research
When surgical procedures are determined to be the best treatment, our neurosurgeons employ state-of-the-art technologies to maximize safety and accuracy, whether implanting deep brain stimulators, performing lesion procedures in an operating room, or creating lesions non-invasively using the Gamma Knife.
To ensure that all our patients’ needs are met, the program offers numerous services that complement treatment, including nutrition, social work, nursing and genetic counseling.