Dr. Vamsidhar Chavakula and Bonnie, a San Diego patient who received focused ultrasound treatment for tremors.

Movement disorders and Parkinson's disease treatment

At Sharp, we understand that movement disorders can affect your daily life. That's why our expert care teams offer a range of treatments and therapies to get you the care you need.

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Movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease, ataxia and essential tremors can affect your ability to move or the way you move. Our multidisciplinary team of San Diego neurosurgeons, neurologists, therapists and rehabilitation specialists provide excellent care to get you back to everyday life.

An expert care team tailored to your needs

We offer innovative, expert care that can often ease symptoms and slow the progression of your condition. In most cases, symptoms are limited to problems with physical movement, though some disorders can also affect the brain and nervous system.

Our board-certified doctors and medical experts can help you develop a personalized treatment plan for conditions such as:

  • Ataxia

  • Atypical Parkinson’s disease symptoms

  • Chorea

  • Dystonia

  • Essential tremor

  • Huntington’s disease

  • Motor and vocal tics

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Spasticity

  • Tardive dyskinesia and more

Get back to enjoying life on your terms

We understand that movement disorders can affect every part of your life — physically, mentally and emotionally. We offer a range of surgical and nonsurgical treatments and therapies that can help.

  • Advanced medicine therapy

  • Botulinum toxin injections

  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS): A treatment option for movement disorders including, but not limited to, Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, and neurological conditions such as epilepsy. DBS is a neurosurgical procedure that uses implanted electrodes and electrical stimulation. The electrodes keep your symptoms under control, decrease the amount of medicine needed for treatment, and greatly improve your quality of life.

  • Focused ultrasound: a treatment option for essential tremor, as well as tremor-dominant Parkinson’s disease. Focused ultrasound is a one-time outpatient treatment that uses ultrasound waves, guided by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to treat the areas of the brain that cause tremors. Real-time MRI guidance helps ensure the neurosurgeon can precisely target affected areas in the brain without damaging surrounding healthy tissue. FUS can provide lasting improvement for people with tremors, and progress is often seen immediately.

  • Physical, occupational, behavioral and speech therapy: Your neurosurgeon and rehabilitation specialists work together to create a tailored rehabilitation plan prior to any surgical procedure. In most cases, your rehab plan begins prior to your treatment and continues after your surgery.

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San Diego rehabilitation locations

You'll receive outstanding rehabilitation services in San Diego at the following locations.