Neuroscience Institute

Movement Disorders and Parkinson's Disease

Thousands of people with a movement disorder find it a challenge to perform the simple activities of daily life we often take for granted. Allegheny Health Network offers advanced therapies that give new hope for these patients.
 
There are many different types of movement disorders. Some are inherited, and some are caused by nerve disorders, injuries, autoimmune diseases, infections or certain medicines. Our specialists treat the full spectrum of movement disorders, including:
 
Dystonia - Dystonia is a movement disorder that causes involuntary contractions of muscles. These contractions result in twisting and repetitive movements and are sometimes painful. Symptoms can include tremors, voice problems or a dragging foot.

 
Parkinson’s disease - Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement and coordination.

 
Huntington disease (Huntington chorea) - Huntington disease is a disorder in which nerve cells in certain parts of the brain waste away, or degenerate. The disease is passed down through families.
 

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