The Movement Disorders Clinic specializes in the evaluation and treatment of disorders of gait, coordination and other aspects of movement. Patients are seen with diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Parkinson-plus syndromes, torticollis and other dystonias, Huntington disease, tremors, spinocerebellar syndromes, myoclonus, and all other neurodegenerative illnesses involving the cerebellum and basal ganglia.
Patients also are evaluated for blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm and cerebellar ataxias. Specialized care, including botulinum toxin is provided for all types of dystonia including torticollis, writer's cramp, musician's cramp, sialorrhea and focal dystonia in the limbs. Surgical pallidotomy is available for appropriate patients with Parkinson's disease. Experimental trials to evaluate the efficiency of new drugs, including glial-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) in Parkinson's patients is being developed.
Patients may be referred for a single consultation visit or for continued care and management of particularly difficult movement disorders. Other patients may be enrolled in clinical studies while continuing to receive routine medical care from their primary physicians. In all cases, the staff strives to arrange a treatment program among the patient, referring doctor and clinic that maximizes care, communication and efficiency.
Our multidisciplinary team is comprised of neurologists with special expertise in movement disorders, pharmacists, nurses, social workers and a patient services coordinator. Each of these health care professionals plays a key role in making your visit as efficient and comfortable as possible.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is an FDA-approved surgical procedure that does not destroy any parts of the brain. A small electrode is surgically implanted in the brain; it emits an electrical pulse that controls erratic movements. Following the initial surgery, doctors monitor the patient's progress and adjust the electrical pulse accordingly.
The multidisciplinary team at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute works with each patient to find the best course of treatment. Medication is usually the first step, but some patients don't respond to medication. In those cases, KNI offers the most advanced surgical alternatives – including Deep Brain Stimulation.
- Essential Tremor
- Huntington's Disease
- Parkinson's Disease
- Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
- Restless Legs Syndrome
- Spasmodic Dysphonia
- Spasmodic Torticollis
- Tardive Dyskinesia
- Wilson's Disease
Kentucky Parkinson's Disease Information & Referral Center
UK HealthCare and the American Parkinson's Disease Association (APDA) have partnered to create the Kentucky Parkinson's Disease Information and Referral Center. Appointments and information: 859-257-APDA or 1-866-554-APDA (2732).
The center offers the following services:
- Advocacy: We support the advocacy and public policy activities conducted by the American Parkinson’s Disease Association national office in Staten Island, N.Y.
- Aquatic exercise: This water exercise program designed to promote safe and effective opportunities for group exercise.
- Counseling: A registered nurse is available by phone to help families explore effective interventions for maintaining optimal health and wellness in relation to Parkinson’s disease.
- Exercise: A land-based exercise program developed specifically for the Parkinson’s patient to focuses on balance, coordination and improving speech.
- Information and resource center: Books, manuals, videos, community and state resources, as well as the latest research information are available, and educational booklets can be mailed.
- Newly diagnosed family meetings: Meetings provide an opportunity for those newly diagnosed to meet with a registered nurse to gain a better understanding of their disease and local resources that are available.
- Newsletter: Our newsletter includes the most current information available on treatment and research in addition to articles of local interest.
- Referral assistance: A registered nurse assists patients and families with recommendations for movement disorder specialists and health professionals knowledgeable about Parkinson’s disease.
- Research: We support the mission of APDA nationally by funding promising research.
- Speaker's bureau: Speakers are available for community presentations on Parkinson’s disease.
- Speech therapy: This program works with patients to maintain and strengthen their voices.
- Support groups: A statewide network of support groups is open to those interested in exchanging ideas and learning the most effective ways to cope with Parkinson’s disease.
UK HealthCare Parkinson's 101 Classes
This class, for individuals who have been diagnosed for less than two years, is scheduled periodically throughout the year. (If you have been diagnosed longer than two years and would like more information, feel free to attend.) The class is free, but registration is required. To register and confirm dates and locations, call 1-866-554-2732.
National Parkinson's Foundation
For more than half a century, the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) has focused on meeting the needs in the care and treatment of people with Parkinson's disease. NPF has funded more than $164 million in care, research and support services.
Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana
This is a grassroots organization, founded by Louisville-area people with Parkinson’s disease. While it has grown and expanded its programs and services beyond support groups, its core values remain centered on ensuring that no one has to face Parkinson’s disease alone. Its rally cry is 'live well and fight back' against Parkinson's! Learn more
American Parkinson Disease Association
The American Parkinson Disease Association Inc. was founded in 1961 to "ease the burden and find a cure" for Parkinson's disease. Headquartered in New York, the organization focuses its energies on research, patient services, education and raising public awareness about the disease. APDA supports nine Centers for Advanced Research, 52 regional Information and Referral (I&R) Centers, 45 chapters, and 250 affiliated support groups nationwide.
Each year, the APDA Scientific Advisory Board reviews grant applications and submits recommendations for funding researchers whose work shows promise for making scientific breakthroughs or for finding improved treatments for Parkinson's disease.