We established our movement disorders program in 2001 to help patients experiencing uncontrollable tremor, muscle spasms, slowness of movement, gait difficulty, or involuntary movements which greatly affect their everyday lives. We provide comprehensive diagnostic, medical and surgical options, including botulinum toxin treatments and deep brain stimulation, to assist our patients and help them return to the activities they love.
Our team has performed over 500 deep brain stimulator (DBS) implanation surgeries to treat conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Essential Tremor and Dystonia. We ulitize the latest technological advances in medical diagnosis and treatment, neuroimaging, and functional and stereotactic neurosurgery in a personal community setting. We are also committed to continued support, providing community support groups for patients living with movement disorders and their caregivers.
Learn more about our program
For more information about diagnostic and treatment options delivered by the best doctors in the business, please call (800) 903-9233.
Core movement disorders services include the following:
- Neurology and neurological surgery consultations
- Cognitive neuropsychology and psychiatric evaluation
- Deep Brain Stimulation and Funtional Neuromodulation services
- Pharmacology including outpatient botulinum and neurotoxin treatments for dystonia and spasticity
- Neuroimaging services including Deep Brain Stimulation-compatible MRI
- Outpatient neurodiagnostic lab with electroencephalography and electrodiagnostic studies
- Outpatient rehabilitation services (including Lee Silverman Voice and Gait Training/Audiology/Dysphagia)
Susan Kussman’s story
In 2011, actress Susan Kussman developed a tremor in her right hand. “It kept getting worse and worse,” she says, “until my hand trembled around the clock.”
Eventually, the tremor became so severe that Susan was no longer able to perform on stage. She turned to neurosurgeon Igor Fineman, MD, for help.
Dr. Fineman treated Susan with a surgical procedure know as DBS – or deep brain stimulation – which involves implanting a battery-operated device (called a neurostimulator) to deliver electrical impulses to the brain. These impulses block the nerve signals that cause movement disorders including essential tremor, as well as the shaking that is characteristic of Parkinson’s disease.
When Susan’s neurostimulator is turned on, the tremor stops. “Most of the time,” she says, “I forget that the device is even there.”
Though semi-retired from the stage, Susan continues to remain active as an acting teacher. “I’m very pleased with the outcome of the procedure, which has changed my life for the better,” she says.