Movement Disorders

Find Which Treatment is Best for You


Movement disorders encompass a wide range of neurological conditions which cause problems with movement. These can include conditions affecting both voluntary and involuntary movements, resulting in increased or decreased movement. Some movement disorders are subtle and manageable, while others can be severe and debilitating.

Due to the overlap between disorders and the variance in how different patients experience symptoms, movement disorders can be difficult to diagnose accurately. That’s why it’s important to have a dedicated team of specialists working with you to perform a comprehensive evaluation and design an individualized movement disorder treatment plan that accommodates your specific needs and living situation.

At Carolina Brain Center, we specialize in holistic healthcare, using multi-disciplinary movement disorder treatments so that every patient can achieve the best results possible.

Types of Movement Disorders & Their Treatments

  • Tourette Syndrome can be classified from mild to severe and causes patients to make repeated involuntary movements and uncontrollable vocal sounds called “tics.” For severe cases, co-management may be best.

A combination of medications and functional neurology treatments and strategies offer the best improvement in activities of daily living and overall quality of life.

  • Dystonias are neurological disorders that manifest as involuntary muscle spasms, affecting the arms, legs, torso, eyelids, or even vocal cords. Dystonias require very specific, targeted movement disorder treatments.

Understanding the complexity of the neurology behind movement disorders enables us to come up with patient-specific approaches to reduce the symptoms of dystonia.

  • Parkinson’s Disease & Parkinsonian type disorders are neurodegenerative disorders that can have a devastating effect on a person’s quality of life. In many cases, subtle symptoms show up well before a person is diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

At Carolina Brain Center, our main goal is to improve our patients’ function and quality of life. We also work alongside our patients and their caregivers as the disease progresses by giving home strategies to help maintain progress made in the office.

  • Cerebellar degenerative disorders are rare hereditary conditions wherein neurons in the part of the brain responsible for coordination and balance deteriorate. Cerebellar degenerative disorders are typically characterized by a wide-legged, lurching walk, jerky or unsteady movements, and slurred speech.

While cerebellar disorders are especially difficult to deal with, the neurological health experts at Carolina Brain Center can provide strategies to help improve a patient’s quality of life by increasing function and suggesting daily tips to help them navigate through life more safely.

  • Tremors are an extremely common symptom of neurological disorders, affecting an estimated 5 million Americans according to the US National Library of Medicine, and can result from a number of conditions. 

Though the shaking and trembling characterized by tremors rarely lead to serious complications, they can make simple daily life unnecessarily arduous, and they often negatively impact self-confidence. A full neurological workup and history are paramount to implementing effective, corrective movement disorder treatment plans for tremors.

Find the Best Treatment for You at Carolina Brain Center

Whatever condition your or a loved one is struggling with, movement disorder treatment options can help. With the right treatment plan, you can learn to better control and cope with the challenges that neurological conditions present, leading to a greater sense of independence and a higher quality of life.

The healthcare professionals at Carolina Brain Center are here to help. Schedule an appointment today.

Why Carolina Brain Center?

Dr. Dane brings 20 years of experience to the Triangle and has helped many people achieve a healthier brain and body.

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What Causes Developmental Disorders?

Know What They Have in Common


Childhood Developmental Disorders such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Asperger’s, and Autism Spectrum Disorders including, OCD, Tourette’s, and PDD, share many common learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. However, we keep in mind that each disorder is complex in nature, involving every system of the body.

Interestingly, while childhood developmental disorders may manifest with a variety of symptoms, the root cause of these dysfunctions is common: a brain imbalance. When the left and right hemispheres of the brain are not electrically balanced or synchronized, a diagnosis of functional disconnection syndrome is used. When a child has a functional disconnection between the right and left hemisphere of the brain, a child will exhibit normal to high functioning skills associated with one hemisphere and dampened to severely limited skills associated with the other hemisphere. Worsening signs and symptoms as the child continues to age appears to be a result of one side of the brain maturing faster than the other does.

Children with developmental disorders display a combination of different symptoms that include sensory, motor, cognitive, academic, emotional, immune challenges, and digestive challenges. Unfortunately, most professionals are still approaching and treating the child as though they have a single condition. Additionally, many times these children are being labeled subjectively (mainly through parental assessments) and are not being neurologically and objectively evaluated.

A thorough neurological evaluation will reveal which hemisphere is underdeveloped and will evaluate neurological pathways for over activity and under activity. Specific tests include, but are not limited to, testing for primitive reflexes, testing of cranial nerve function, cerebellar function, and frontal eye fields, and even routine blood work. Once the objective data is collected, a treatment plan can be tailored to stimulate and promote hemispheric integration or synchronization thus enabling the brain to work as a whole. With no treatment, the weak side gets weaker and the strong side becomes dominant which can result in neglect syndromes. However, with specific hemispheric treatment, the weak side can be encouraged to catch up to the dominant side.

Why Carolina Brain Center?

Dr. Dane brings 20 years of experience to the Triangle and has helped many people achieve a healthier brain and body.

WHO WE ARE

Ready For A Consultation?

Dr Dane is ready to talk when you are. We’ll need some information from you to get the process started!

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Conditions We Treat

ADD, ADHD, Autism, PTSD, Behavioral Disorders, Blast Injuries, Cerebellar Degeneration, Cerebral Palsy, Concussions, Down's Syndrome, Dystonias, Huntington's Chorea, Learning Disorders, Global Delays, OCD, Seizure/Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Tourettes, Tremors, Stroke, The Aging Brain, Sensory Processing Disorders, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Dementia, Pain, Dizziness, Balance Problems, Mood Changes, Brain Fog, Memory Loss, Poor Focus, Spasms, Incoordination, Tics, Vision Disturbances and Disorders