Approximately 6 million people in the United States experience some form of movement disorder, such as Parkinson's Disease, essential tremor, ataxia and dystonia. These disorder's can be relentlessly progressive and disabling conditions, having a tremendous impact on one's social, emotional and physical wellbeing.
The Movement Disorder's Center at CTNC is led by Elizabeth L. Peckham, DO and is the most comprehensive movement disorder clinic in Central Texas. We provide full evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for patient's with movement disorders by offering comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to improve one's health, function and independence.
What is a movement disorder?
Movement disorders are primarily caused by a dysfunction of the basal ganglia system, a collection of nuclei in the brain that work together to control movements. Dysfunction in movements (motor symptoms) could be classified into two: HYPERkinetic (increased or excessive) or HYPOkinetic (decreased or lack of) movements.
There is growing evidence, however, that the basal ganglia system involves other neural connections that regulate non-movement (non-motor) functions, resulting in symptoms such as mood disturbance, cognitive impairment, sleep problems, and loss of smell.
The most common movement disorder is Essential Tremor, followed by Parkinson’s disease. The diagnosis of these diseases is still based on the history and clinical examination, but could include:
Depending on the movement disorder, recommended treatment procedures to address the symptoms may include:
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Elizabeth L. Peckham, DO is board certified in Neurology and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders. She completed a fellowship in movement disorders at the National Institute of Health under the direction of Dr. Mark Hallett.
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