Movement disorders comprise a variety of conditions resulting in abnormalities in the motor system. These include Parkinson's disease and other Parkinsonian syndromes, tremors, dystonia, Wilson disease, tics, Tourette syndrome and Huntington's disease. They can occur in all age groups from infants to the elderly. In some cases, symptoms are restricted to problems in motor control, while cognitive and autonomic functions can be affected in others.
UCLA first established its Movement Disorders Clinic in the 1960s under the direction of Charles Markham, MD. Recently, the clinic has expanded into a comprehensive multidisciplinary program to address the diversity of needs of both patients and referring physicians. Our team consists of specialists in adult movement disorders and stereotactic neurosurgery to provide state-of-the-art diagnosis and therapy for both adult and pediatric patients with movement disorders. We are also a Wilson’s and Huntington’s Disease Centers of Excellence. In addition to patient education, medications, physical and occupational therapy, UCLA offers advanced techniques in deep-brain stimulation, botulinum toxin injections, neuroradiology, and PET imaging. We also have a full-time psychologist who works with our patients and their families to improve the quality of life for patients and caregivers.
Neurologists at the Movement Disorders Clinic are also involved in clinical and basic research to understand the mechanisms of these disorders, in order to better address the unmet therapeutic needs of patients. The goal of the UCLA Movement Disorders Clinic is to assist primary care physicians and neurologists in maximizing the quality of life of their patients and patients' families.