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Movement Disorders

Just as John C. Lincoln is a community-oriented health network, our neurology department has a strong commitment to treating and preventing the leading causes of disability in our community. Movement disorders are one of these leading causes.

To meet the challenges posed by movement disorders, our neurology staff offers some the most advanced treatments available. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is one of these. Implanted into the brain by a neurosurgeon, electrodes regulate brain activity through tremor-neutralizing electrical impulses — similar to how a pacemaker regulates a heartbeat. Over time, our movement disorders specialists can adjust — or "program" without further surgery — the electrical signals from a DBS stimulator.

Movement disorders we diagnose and treat most frequently include:

  • Dystonia: Characterized by sustained muscle contractions, dystonia may lead to repetitive twisting movements and abnormal postures.
  • Essential tremor: The most common movement disorder, essential tremor affects approximately 10 million Americans. Symptoms typically involve involuntary shaking in the head and hands.
  • Parkinson's disease: Parkinson's affects 1.5 million Americans. Approximately 60,000 new cases arise each year.

A Complete Approach for Neurological Disorders

If you or a loved one is ever affected by neurological disorders involving stroke, movement disorders or traumatic brain injury, you can be sure that you'll have the most highly qualified and compassionate care at John C. Lincoln.

Our philosophy of care incorporates the principles of holistic medicine. We stand for a broader view of patient care, treating the entire person, not merely the illness.

In practice, holistic medicine takes many forms. At the community level, we educate people on ways to lead healthier lives. We're working hard to raise public awareness of stroke and its risk factors — through annual stroke checks, community presentations and the weekly Stroke Support Group program. And, we actively educate athletes on how to prevent head injury.

In the hospital, we take into account patients' spiritual concerns, cultural differences and personal attitudes. Doing so helps our patients feel comfortable with the care we're providing and take an active role in the recovery from neurological disorders.

We also place an emphasis on patient education during the hospital stay, so that our patients and their families are more able to tend to daily activities once home.

For a referral to a John C. Lincoln neuro-specialist, call 602-943-1111.