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Movement Disorders and Deep Brain Stimulation

About Movement Disorders and Symptoms

Movement disorders are neurological conditions that affect a person’s movement. When your body moves, it involves a complex interaction between your brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. A movement disorder can result from a disruption or injury to any of these areas of the body. Possible causes include nerve disease, autoimmune diseases, infections, injuries and certain medicines. They may also be inherited.

Some movement-related conditions are serious and progressive, often causing life-altering symptoms. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a therapy that can help reduce the symptoms of some of the most common movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia. Learn more about deep brain stimulation and how it can help control the symptoms of these diseases.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a slow, progressive brain condition that takes away the control a person has over movement. Symptoms include tremors, slowed muscle movement, muscle stiffening and changes in speech, walking or balance.

Learn more about Parkinson's Disease and deep brain stimulation.

Essential tremor

Essential tremor, also known simply as tremor, is a neurological condition that causes shaking or rhythmic trembling. Although it is most often experienced in the hands, essential tremor can also affect the head, voice, legs or torso.

Learn more about essential tremor and deep brain stimulation.


Dystonia is a neurological disorder caused by a dysfunction in an area of the brain responsible for controlling movement. Movement-related symptoms can occur in the head and neck, face, eyelids, voice box or even the whole body.

Learn more about dystonia and deep brain stimulation.