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Movement Disorders Specialist

Movement Disorders Specialist

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What exactly is a movement disorder specialist and what do they do?

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A movement disorders specialist is a neurologist who has taken additional training in the subspecialty in neurology called movement disorders (as compared to other subspecialties in neurology). This encompasses disorders such as Parkinson's disease (and the Parkinson-Plus disorders such as Shy-Drager Syndrome and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy), essential tremor, dystonia, Restless Leg Syndrome, Myoclonus and Wilson's disease. Movement disorders specialists are most often also involved in research and/or teaching in addition to their clinical concerns and are more typically found at major medical institutions. Such professionals typically follow a greater number of patients with these disorders so are thus generally more experienced in the use of the various medications (ad their combinations) as compared to a general neurologist, an internist or general practitioner.

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If it's not too late to help, here is a resource for locating a Movement Disorder specialist in your area:

If possible, you should see a movement disorder specialist, who is fully informed about PD, as not all family doctors and general neurologists are. The easy way to find a MOVEMENT DISORDER SPECIALIST is to dial 1-800-223-2732. This toll free number will ring in the American Parkinson Disease Association Information & Referral Center.

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