Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center

Comprehensive Treatment for a Range of Problems

University Hospitals Neurological Institute’s Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center offers an unparalleled range of diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities for patients with neurological movement disorders, which may include any condition that causes involuntary movement.

One of only 25 centers nationwide, the Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center is recognized nationally for its treatment of Parkinson’s disease and surgical therapy for dystonia. Our annual Parkinson’s Boot Camps are incredibly popular with the Parkinson’s community and draw attendees from all over Ohio as well as several other states.

Our team has extensive experienced in employing deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat patients with dystonia, Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. This surgical technique has been demonstrated to relieve tremors and other motor dysfunctions such as rigidity, bradykinesia, dyskinesia, and gait and balance problems.

A History of Innovative Medicine

For decades, the Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center has been involved in developing and perfecting groundbreaking treatments. Our most notable accomplishments include the following:

  • Our center was the first in North America to use DBS of the thalamus to alleviate symptoms of Tourette syndrome. In addition, our team has pioneered other surgical advances to cure this condition.
  • Our center has the most experience in Ohio using botulinum toxin (BOTOX®) injections for neurological treatment.

Relief for Patients with Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the brain characterized by shaking (tremor) and difficulty with walking, movement and coordination. Physicians believe that this condition is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.

The experts at the Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center use a variety of techniques to help Parkinson’s patients improve their quality of life. Treatment varies for each individual, but may include medication or DBS. Botulinum toxin injections may provide relief for patients with Parkinson’s by relaxing muscle contractions and reducing pain.

Research and experience has shown that even exercise may improve the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. UH offers the Parkinson's Disease Boot Camp to help Parkinson's patients and their care partners learn to better manage their symptoms through exercise, dance and a variety of other physical activities.

Presented by University Hospitals in collaboration with Courageous Steps for Parkinson's and the Ohio Parkinson Foundation Northeast Region, the program is designed to be fun and educational. Boot camp leaders employ a wide range of activities including dance and Tai Chi. Many of the thousands of participants who have attended boot camp events reported positive results.

Advanced Assessment Tools and Treatment Options

As a UH-designated Center of Excellence, the Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center combines the expertise of leading specialists from a variety of disciplines who work together using the latest clinical advances and technologies. Using their extensive clinical and research experience, our physicians evaluate the patient and develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to his or her unique needs.

Our integrated approach to care along with our personalized educational and emotional support helps optimize patient outcomes. While treating patients, our top priorities include ensuring a shorter recovery time and enabling a speedy return to daily activities.

Request an Appointment

Schedule an appointment with a neurological specialist, call

or use our Online Request Form

Need to Refer a Patient?

Click here for Patient Referrals

Browse Services A-Z

Maps and Directions

Click here for directions