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Movement disorders are brain-based conditions that affect the way people move. Normally, certain nerve cells in the brain make a chemical called dopamine, which sends signals to the part of the brain that controls movement. Movement disorders, like Parkinson’s disease, cause those nerve cells to break down, making it difficult for the brain to tell the muscles what to do. These disorders are progressive, developing slowly over a period of many years.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders include:

  • Tremors, particularly in the hands, arms, legs or head.
  • Stiff muscles.
  • Slow movement.
  • Difficulty with balance or walking.

The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program at Butler Hospital specializes in caring for patients with:

  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Huntington’s disease.
  • Gait disorders.
  • Tremors.
  • Drug-induced movement disorders.
  • Ataxias.
  • Dystonias.
  • Other movement disorders.