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By marie On 2011.06.24 12:15 [Edit]
Can anyone tell me what a movement disorder specialist does in treating Parkinsons. My husband is in stage 4.

By LOHENGR1N On 2011.06.24 13:52
marie, A movement disorder specialist is a Neurologist. There is no degree or certification (as far as I know) other than Neurology. They have chosen to limit Their practice of medicine to diseases that affect movement, instead of the broader field of neurological diseases.

By caregivermary On 2011.06.24 14:39
this type of neuro will also have a fellowship in movement disorders and usually will be on staff at a teaching hospital. They will be more familiar with PD and PD related diseases (PSP), they will have access to clinical trials, research, and the latest info on treatment.

By susger8 On 2011.06.27 14:37
I am so glad I "fired" my dad's old neurologist and switched to a movement disorder specialist. The old neuro was just not knowledgeable about the later stages of PD and had my dad on way too many meds. First thing the MDS did was take him off everything but Sinemet, and my dad's condition definitely improved. If you can find someone, I would recommend the change.

Sue

By jockdoc On 2011.06.27 15:06
Hi marie, My Barb had the DBS procedure. When ever we went for our quarterly APPTs for examination of implants we saw a MD-MDS. This doctor was first of all a Neurologist, with a specialist training in movement disorders. JockDoc (DBS) (Deep Brain Stimulation)

By marie On 2011.06.28 09:34 [Edit]
Do Movement disorder specialist give there patients physical therapy?

By susger8 On 2011.06.28 09:36
They might prescribe physical therapy -- they would not perform it themselves.

Sue


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