Movement Disorders Clinic

We focus on the child, not the disorder.

The Movement Disorders Clinic at Children’s Hospital’s Brain Care Institute is a unique service providing diagnosis, education, and treatment for children with movement disorders. Our multifaceted approach to the care of our patients takes into consideration other common issues associated with movement disorders, such as learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, and behavioral concerns. Close affiliations with behavioral health experts through Children’s Hospital’s Child Development Unit and UPMC’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic offer further comprehensive care and treatment options.

Some of the movement disorders we treat at the clinic include:

  • Tics
  • Dystonia, which is characterized by writhing or twisting movements as a result of muscle contraction
  • Chorea, or rapid, jerky, sudden movements of the limbs or face
  • Tremor
  • Spasticity, or increased muscle tone or stiffness that results in uncontrolled, awkward movements
  • Ataxia, or the inability to control muscle movement
  • Myoclonus, a sudden shock like twitching of muscles without a rhythm or pattern
  • Hyperekplexia means "exaggerated surprise" and is characterized by pronounced startle expressions
  • Paroxysmal dyskinesias/dystonias
  • Stereotypies are repetitive movements, postures, or utterances
  • Huntington disease, and other hereditary chorea

Research and Clinical Studies

The Movement Disorders Clinic is heavily involved in research and clinical studies. Currently, the team is focusing on:

  • The neural control of movement
  • New medication protocols for treating movement disorders
  • The intraconnections of brain areas involved in the control of movement
  • How the cerebellum is involved in motor control and the development of dystonia
  • Developing a patient registry, which allows patients to be contacted in the future for research and educational opportunities

Referral Requirements

For more information about a referral, please contact the Movement Disorders Clinic by phone at 412-692-5520.

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