The Barnes-Jewish & Washington University Neuroscience Center offers expertise in movement disorders. Our multidisciplinary center is staffed by movement disorder specialists, including adult and child neurologists, neurosurgeons a neuropsychiatrist, neuropsychologists, research nurses, occupational and physical therapists, and clinical and research fellows. We diagnose and treat a variety of movement-related disorders. To assist our patients, laboratory testing and radiology services are conveniently located within the same complex.
We specialize in research and treatment of all movement disorders in adults and children, including:
- Parkinson disease and related illnesses
- Dystonia (torticollis, blepharospasm, spasmodic dysphonia, writer's cramp and others)
- Essential tremor
- Huntington's disease and other choreas
- Tourette syndrome (including associated OCD and ADHD symptoms)
- Startle syndromes
- Medication-induced movement disorders
Surgical Treatments for Movement Disorders
For many patients with Parkinson disease, essential tremor or dystonia, medications often aren’t enough to control disabling symptoms. The most common neurosurgical procedures that we perform for these cases are magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound and deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the pallidum (internal segment of the globus pallidus), the subthalamus (subthalamic nucleus) or the thalamus (ventral intermediate nucleus). The Neuroscience Center is one of the top five centers in the region in terms of the number of deep brain stimulation procedures performed, highlighting our expertise and reputation for this procedure.
For more information on movement disorders, visit the following sites:
For a referral to a Washington University neurologist or neurosurgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call 855.925.0631.