Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital offers complete
care for movement disorders. Whether you need medication, physical therapy
or surgery, you can access a full range of treatment options all under one roof.
Movement disorders are neurological conditions that cause abnormal movements,
such as tremors, dystonias or balance issues.
The expert team at Marcus Neuroscience Institute includes neurologists
and functional neurosurgeons who have years of experience treating movement
disorders. These specialists work together to develop a treatment plan
that’s tailored to your specific needs. Our goal is to find a therapy
that reduces your symptoms and improves your quality of life.
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Which movement disorders are treated at Marcus Neuroscience Institute?
The team at Marcus Neuroscience Institute treats all types of movement
disorders, including many rare conditions. The most common movement disorder
we treat is Parkinson’s disease. We also treat the cognitive and
behavioral issues related to Parkinson’s disease and the rare forms
of Parkinson’s disease, including:
- Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP)
- Cortical basilar degeneration (CBD)
- Multisystem atrophy (MSA)
Other movement disorders we treat include:
- Essential tremor
- Restless leg syndrome
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Huntington’s disease
- Orthostatic hypotension
- Balance disorders, such as spinocerebellar ataxia
How do Marcus Neuroscience Institute experts diagnose movement disorders?
There is no single test that can diagnose a movement disorder. In most
cases, we diagnose movement disorders with a detailed exam that looks
at both physical and neurological symptoms.
You may also need to undergo an MRI to rule out other problems that could
cause your symptoms.
In some cases, we may also conduct a DaTscan. This test uses special imaging
equipment to see whether your body makes dopamine properly. Dopamine is
a neurotransmitter, which is a chemical your body makes to help send messages
between nerve cells. People with Parkinson’s disease and related
disorders usually have low levels of dopamine.
How are movement disorders treated at Marcus Neuroscience Institute?
If you’ve been diagnosed with a movement disorder, our team may use
medicines to help manage your symptoms. These medicines can come in different
forms, including oral medications, injectables and patches that you place
on your skin. Our team will meet regularly with you to see whether your
symptoms improve and to adjust your medicines as needed.
For some disorders, we may recommend a Duopa pump. A Duopa pump is a small
device that pumps medicine directly into the small intestine. You will
wear the pump at all times and your doctor will program the pump to deliver
the right amount of medicine at the right time. The medicine we use to
treat Parkinson’s disease is more likely to work when it doesn’t
have to go through the stomach first. This pump can be a good option when
patients have trouble absorbing medicines.
If you’ve been diagnosed with dystonia or a similar disorder, we
may treat it with Botox injections. There are different types of Botox
we may use depending on your symptoms.
If medicines don’t reduce your symptoms, Marcus Neuroscience Institute
also has a dedicated deep brain stimulation (DBS) department with functional
neurosurgeons who specialize in this treatment. DBS can be used to treat
different movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, dystonia
and essential tremor. With DBS, a functional neurosurgeon will implant
small electrodes on certain areas of your brain. These electrodes send
electrical impulses that can help control abnormal movements.
Our team also has access to focused ultrasound (HiFu) treatment. This treatment
uses high-frequency ultrasound to disrupt electrical signals in the brain
that are causing abnormal movements.
In some cases, we may also recommend physical, occupational or speech therapy
to help manage movement disorder symptoms.
When you come to Marcus Neuroscience Institute for movement disorder treatment,
you can expect:
- A team of neurologists and functional neurosurgeons who specialize in treating
movement disorders and understand the full spectrum of treatment options
- A personalized approach to your care, with a treatment plan that’s
tailored to your needs
- Complete care from a range of specialists all available under one roof
Does Marcus Neuroscience Institute offer genetic testing for certain movement
Through partnerships with various labs in our community, we offer genetic
testing for some movement disorders, including dystonia, spinocerebellar
ataxia and Parkinson’s disease. Genetic testing can help show whether
you have certain inherited genes that can cause these disorders. In some
cases, families with a history of these movement disorders can undergo
genetic testing to determine family members’ risk for developing
What is focused ultrasound treatment?
Focused ultrasound, or high-frequency focused ultrasound (HiFu), is a minimally
invasive procedure we use to treat certain movement disorders, including
essential tremor. During the procedure, you will sit in an MRI scanner
so your doctor can target the part of your brain that’s causing
symptoms. Your doctor will then use ultrasound energy to destroy the cells
that are causing the abnormal movements. Through cooperation with other
Baptist institutions Marcus Neuroscience Institute has access to this
advanced treatment option.
Our team includes neurologists and functional neurosurgeons who specialize
in diagnosing and treating movement disorders. We also work closely with
physical, occupational and speech therapists who help patients manage
the symptoms of movement disorders.
- Sameea Husain-Wilson, DO
- Timothy D. Miller, Jr. MD
- Lloyd Zucker, MD
Movement disorder clinical trials
We are actively participating in several trials that are studying more
advanced ways to diagnose and treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s
disease. We are also involved with a trial that is looking at improving
treatment for orthostatic hypotension, which is a drop in blood pressure
Parkinson’s disease patients sometimes experience.
Visit our Research and Clinical Trials page for more information.