Parkinson's Disease & Movement Disorders

Movement disorders affect deep structures of the brain, the basal ganglia. The basal ganglia are a circuit of structures that communicate with other brain structures. Most movement disorders are due to abnormalities in cells of the basal ganglia.

Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination. Very few definitive objective tests (lab or imaging studies) are available for diagnosis.

Current therapies for Parkinson's disease and movement disorders treat symptoms only. There is no known cure.

What UCSD Offers

UC San Diego has specialty care programs and botulinum toxin clinics dedicated to caring for individuals with movement disorders and Parkinson’s disease. Patients with Huntington's disease can access multi-disciplinary expertise including a neurologist, physical therapist and neuropsychologist in a single clinic visit.

UC San Diego is one of three locations in San Diego County offering deep brain stimulation programming, a new therapeutic surgery that helps alleviates tremors.

Patients may also access many active clinical trials at UC San Diego for Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. Research is at the cusp of identifying therapies that will alter disease progression.

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