Movement disorders are a group of neurological conditions that cause abnormal, often involuntary movements, or slow, reduced movements, and often progress in severity over time. The most cutting-edge of treatment approaches considers neurological and medical management, as well as neurosurgical procedures such as deep brain stimulation to ease the severity of symptoms. Dr. Robert R. Goodman specializes in the surgical treatment of these three common movement disorders:
Parkinson’s disease: Caused primarily by the loss of brain cells that produce an important chemical called dopamine, symptoms include slowness, tremors, stiffness and balance problems. Hear from a patient's husband describe the new life that deep brain stimulation brought to his wife.
Essential tremor: A rhythmic shaking, most often in the hands, but sometimes affecting the head, voice, arms or legs. Watch Dr. Robert R. Goodman perform the surgical procedure that can drastically improve the quality of life for patients' who are good candidates for surgery. (55 minute video) Be sure to watch the impact of the surgery when Dr. Goodman turns the device on and off (at the 46 minute mark of the video).
Hear from the patient shown in the video:
Dystonia: When the muscles contract and spasm involuntarily, forcing the body into repetitive and often twisting movements, as well as awkward, irregular and painful postures.
We work very closely with Susan B. Bressman, MD, Chair of the Mirken Department of Neurology and Division Chief of Movement Disorders at at Beth Israel Medical Center. This ensures each patient receives the appropriate post-operative care.