Jefferson University Hospitals

Vickie & Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience

Jefferson Health’s Comprehensive Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Center

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Jefferson Health's Comprehensive Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center – part of the Vickie & Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience – provides advanced care to patients living with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, spasticity,  dystonia, Huntington’s disease and other movement disorders.

We treat the patient – not just the disease. As one of the largest of its kind in Philadelphia, our center and its team of neurologists and neurosurgeons are reimagining Parkinson’s disease treatments – through holistic, individualized clinical care and next-generation research that translates to future diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical options.

Fast Facts:

10
million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's Disease
2%
of adults 55 & older have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
4%
is estimated to be diagnosed before age 50
1.5
times of men are more likely to have Parkinson's disease than women

Expert Care in Movement Disorders

Most patients with a movement disorder take at least one oral medication. Our neurologists spend almost all of their time treating patients with movement disorders, providing the experience required to optimize your medication dosages. 

Jefferson Health offers a newer form of therapy called DuopaTM – an improved form of carbidopa/levodopa for patients who experience long “off” periods on oral medication. Duopa involves placing a tube that leads to the small intestine, called a J-tube. A device releases carbidopa/levodopa into your intestine on a small but constant basis. For many patients, this reduces fluctuation in motor symptoms. 

We also provide an expert chemodenervation clinic. Chemodenervation can help with excessive eye twitching, drooling or dystonia (muscle spasms) in the jaw and feet. Our neurologists provide Botox®, Myobloc® or Xeomin® injections in our office. Most patients will see relief shortly after the injection. The medications typically work for three or four months.  

When patients do not respond to medications, our experts provide Deep Brain Stimulation, a treatment where an electrical stimulation of the brain reduces symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and tremors by improving mobility, reducing involuntary movements and increasing an overall quality of life.

Why Choose Jefferson for Parkinson's & Movement Disorder Care?

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Make an Appointment

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment with a Jefferson Health specialist.


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