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Penn Neurology provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management for all types of movement disorders. Movement disorders are complex neurological disorders that affect your ability to produce and control bodily movements. Movement disorders occur when changes in the brain cause either abnormal, excessive, involuntary movements or slower, delayed movements.

Governor Ed Rendell: Living With Parkinson's Disease

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is living with Parkinson’s disease. Governor Rendell shares how comprehensive physical therapy and personalized treatment at Pennsylvania Hospital has slowed the disease’s progression, improved his strength and balance, and helped him continue pursuing the work he loves. 

Clinical Trials for Parkinson's Disease 

Focused Ultrasound is now being used in a clinical trial for the treatment of motor symptoms for Parkinson's patients. 

Types of Movement Disorders

Penn neurologists treat the full range of movement disorders and associated conditions including:

  • Dystonia (including spasmodic torticollis)
  • Essential tremor
  • Huntington's disease
  • Myoclonus
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Atypical parkinsonisms
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia and other ataxia disorders
  • Tardive dyskinesia
  • Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders

The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center

Recognized by the National Parkinson Foundation as one of 45 worldwide Centers of Excellence, the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center (PD&MDC) is one of the largest of its kind in the country and the most pre-eminent in the Philadelphia region, providing care to thousands of patients each year.

A Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence

In 2007, Penn's Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR) and the PD&MDC were named one of 12 distinguished Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Research by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Udall Centers were established in the late 1990's in honor of the late Congressman Morris K Udall, who had PD, to foster partnerships between clinicians (PD&MDC) and basic scientists (CNDR) to improve knowledge and develop new, "translational" treatments for the cognitive impairment and dementia associated with PD. Penn has partnered with the Udall Center at the University of Washington, Seattle, to create a unique, combined program to focus specifically on cognitive functions in PD.

A Designated Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC)

The University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Veteran’s Administration Medical Center have been honored to be the site of one of only six Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers (PADRECC ) throughout the country. The Philadelphia PADRECC offers the same exceptional care for veterans, as well as opportunities to participate in clinical trials and other research initiatives.

A Premier Academic Medical Center

The PD&MDC hosts a fellowship program for neurologists who seek specialized training in clinical movement disorders. Graduates of our program can be found all over the United States and abroad, and many lead their own movement disorders centers.

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Treatments and Procedures

Penn Neurology provides the latest advanced treatment and services for all types of movement disorders at the Penn Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center (PDMDC).

Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Virtual Visit

Penn Medicine offers virtual visits to new or existing patients with Parkinson’s or movement disorder who find it difficult to see a provider in person via a connected mobile device.

Treatment Team

Penn Medicine's Movement Disorders physicians are recognized leaders in the field of neurology.

Patient Stories

Hear stories from patients who have come to Penn to have their movement disorders treated from Parkinson Disease, dystonia, and other complex neurological disorders that affect your ability to produce and control bodily movements.

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