The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center (PD&MDC) provides comprehensive care to patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) as well as all types of movement disorders. Our multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, physical therapists, psychotherapists, social workers and nurses work together to create individualized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs.
Treatments and Services for Movement Disorders
Treatments and services for movement disorders at Penn Neurology include:
Comprehensive Outpatient Parkinsonism Clinic (COPE Clinic)
The COPE Clinic provides specialized care for those with atypical parkinsonian syndromes. Patients receive comprehensive care from multiple subspecialists including neurologists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers and counselors. The COPE Clinic also offers a support group for people affected by the challenges of atypical parkinsonisms. Patients and families come together to share experiences, receive support and learn coping strategies.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Clinic
Penn has extensive experience with DBS for neurological disorders. This innovative procedure involves the surgical implantation of electrodes into specific areas of the brain that produce electrical impulses to help control abnormal physical body movements. We have more experience with DBS patients than any other center in the mid-Atlantic region. We evaluate each patient's candidacy for this treatment on an individual basis and provide ongoing management of DBS in close conjunction with medications and other therapies.
A variety of medications may be utilized to treat the symptoms of all movement disorders so you can achieve and maintain your best level of function.
Psychiatry and Neuropsychology
Psychotherapists provide psychiatric and neuropsychological evaluations. A counselor and social worker are also available to meet with you and your family.
Rehabilitation services are provided by The Dan Aaron Parkinson's Rehabilitation Center, located on the ground floor of the building that houses the PD&MDC. Highly skilled and certified physical, occupational and speech therapists provide specialized neurorehabilitation for PD and other neurodegenerative conditions.
The PD&MDC offers additional support services to you and your family including social services, genetic counseling and caregiver support.