Movement Disorders Program
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Manage Movement Disorders
Movement disorders affect more than 40 million people in the United States. A movement disorder can be any condition that affects one’s ability to move, or the manner of movement. They can affect voluntary movement, as well as involuntary—which includes autonomic functions such as breathing. Movement disorders range from mild to severely debilitating, and many have very similar symptoms. It is vitally important to get a correct diagnosis.
The field of movement disorders has been revolutionized in recent years by tremendous growth in new diagnostic information, pharmacological and neurosurgical treatments, and a deeper understanding of motor control. At the Movement Disorders Program, we take a holistic approach to disease management, employing the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, neuropsychology, psychiatry, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.
Meet Umer Akbar, MD
Dr. Umer Akbar, is a neurologist and co-director of the Movement Disorders and Deep Brain Stimulation programs of the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute. Learn more about his work.
Treatment Options for Movement Disorders
With many types of movement disorders, treatment is specific to each disorder. Medications are usually the preferred treatment, while surgical options are available for certain severe, persistent, or degenerative conditions. We offer the latest in cutting-edge technology, and expertise in diagnosis and treatment, including:
- Comprehensive, coordinated care from a multidisciplinary team of specialists
- State-of-the-art imaging, including high-resolution 3-Tesla MR imaging, functional MRI, SPECT, and PET imaging
- The latest and most effective pharmacological treatments
- Advanced surgical options such as the deep brain stimulation surgery program
- Clinical trials and ongoing research
To contact the Movement Disorder Program at Rhode Island Hospital, call 401-444-6528.
When surgical procedures are determined to be the best treatment, our neurosurgeons employ state-of-the-art technologies to maximize safety and accuracy, whether implanting deep brain stimulators or using focused ultrasound waves to disrupt brain activity that causes tremors.
To ensure that all our patients’ needs are met, the program offers numerous services that complement treatment, including nutrition, social work, nursing, and genetic counseling.
Clinical Trials for Movement Disorders
Research is currently being conducted to learn more about movement disorders and how they affect our patients.
Over 1,620 hospitals and clinics throughout Rhode Island, here are some featured locations:
Movement Disorders Program
Ambulatory Patient Center (APC Building)
110 Lockwood St., 5th Floor
Providence, RI 02903