Movement Disorders

Dystonia

Dystonia is a condition where your muscles contract involuntarily. The uncontrollable spasms are caused by incorrect signals from the brain. 

Symptoms

  • Involuntary muscle contractions
  • Abnormal posture
  • Increased frequency when stressed or fatigued 

Potential Causes

  • Genetic mutations
  • Drug induced 
  • Birth injury
  • Stoke
  • Symptom of other neurological disorder.

 

Essential Tremors

Essential tremor, a nervous system disorder, is not dangerous, but symptoms can worsen with age causing patients to experience frustration with simple tasks such as tying shoe laces or drinking from a glass when hands are effected. Up to 10 million people in the U.S. experience essentials tremors, making it the most common movement disorder.

Symptoms

  • Uncontrollable shaking for short periods of time
  • Shaking voice
  • Head nodding
  • Worsening tremor during stress
  • Reduced shaking when resting
  • Less often, problems with balance

Potential Causes

  • Genetic mutation
  • Electrical fluctuations in the brain

 

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease is a progressive nervous system disorder developing gradually from a minor tremor and stiffness to potentially diminishing facial expressions and overall movement. 

Symptoms

  • Tremor of the hands, legs, arms, jaw, and face
  • Stiffness of limbs and body
  • Impaired balance
  • Slow movement

Potential Causes

  • Though experts are uncertain, many believe causes are genetic and environmental
  • Vary person to person

Treatment Options

Surgical

Frameless Deep Brain Stimulation


Patient Stories


Patient Support Groups

Parkinson's Special Interest Support Groups

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Support Group

Location: Neurology Solutions Consultants, 12201 Renfert Way, Suite 360, Austin, TX 78758
Date: 3rd Friday of each month
Time: 2:00pm
Contact: Tereasa Ford at 512-364-3336

Young Onset Support Group

Location:  Stinson’s Bistro, 4416 Burnet Road, Austin 78756
Date: Last Saturday of each month
Time: 10:00am
Contact: Please email Bob Sahm for the latest dates, times, and locations at rsahm99@gmail.com

 

Parkinson's Support Groups

Bastrop

Location:  Argent Court Assisted Living, 508 Old Austin Hwy, Bastrop, Texas
Date: 3rd Thursday of each month
Time: 2 - 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Tereasa Ford at 512-364-3336

Georgetown

Location:  Senior Health at Lake Aire Medical Center , 2423 Williams Drive, Georgetown 78628
Date: 4th Thursday of each month
Time: 2 - 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Mary Jane Berry at dberry3@suddenlink.net

Lakeway Area

Location:  Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital of Lake Travis, 2000 Medical Drive, Lakeway, TX 78734
Date: 1st Tuesday of each month
Time: 2 p.m.
Contact: Tereasa Ford at 512-364-3336

Marble Falls & Burnet

Location: Clinic Conference Room at Seton Marble Falls Healthcare Center, 700 N. Highway 281, Marble Falls, TX 78654
Date: 2nd Wednesday of each month
Time: 2 - 3:00p.m.
Contact: Lynn Wisdom at 254-715-3363

New Braunfels

Location: Clinic Conference Room at Seton Marble Falls Healthcare Center, 700 N. Highway 281, Marble Falls, TX 78654
Date: 2nd Wednesday of each month
Time: 2 - 3:00p.m.
Contact: Lynn Wisdom at 254-715-3363

Northeast Austin

Location: Legend Oaks of North Austin Healthcare & Rehabilitation , 11020 Dessau, Austin, TX, 78754
Date: 3rd Tuesday of EVERY OTHER month, on even numbered months; Ex: February, April, June, etc. 
Time: 4 - 5:00p.m.
Contact: Tereasa Ford at 512-364-3336

Querencia & Barton Creek

Location: Querencia Barton Creek, 2500 Barton Creek Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78735
Date: 4th Wednesday of each month
Time: 2:30p.m.
Contact: Tereasa Ford at 512-364-3336

Round Rock

Location: Wyoming Springs Assisted Living , 7230 Wyoming Springs Drive, Round Rock, TX 78681
Date: 4th Tuesday of each month
Time: 3 - 4:00p.m.
Contact: Donna Hohm, LVN at 512-765-7733

West Austin

Note: this support group is for both persons with partners and their partners, with separate, simultaneous breakouts for each.

Location: Covenant Church, 3003 Northland Drive, Austin, TX
Date: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Time: 10:15am
Contact: Michael Rhea at michaelnancyrhea@yahoo.com

Wimberley

Location: Chapel in the Hills, 14601 Ranch Road 12 Wimberley, TX
Date: 3rd Friday of each month
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Contact: Kathryn Hayes at wapatx@gmail.com