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Movement disorders can be challenging for children and their families. They can cause coordination problems, limit a child's ability to play, to learn, to concentrate. Whether they are the result of an accident, illness, or genetics, these disorders can also impact a child's self-esteem and pose safety issues for the child. Some of the signs and symptoms may include:
With one of the most comprehensive movement disorder programs available, the Cook Children's team is ready to deliver advanced medical care for your child.
There is a treatment that goes deeper. For children with dystonia, and similar conditions such as essential tremor, which can result in difficulty speaking, walking, eating and dressing, Cook Children's offers pediatric deep brain stimulation (DBS), a life-altering treatment. As the only free-standing pediatric hospital in the United States to offer a comprehensive movement disorder program that includes pediatric DBS, we are able to reduce or even eliminate debilitating symptoms that often do not respond to medication, and restore quality of life. For that reason, our DBS program is one of the finest in the nation, drawing patients from thousands of miles away for treatment.
Learn more about deep brain stimulation at Cook Children's.
The Pediatric Movement Disorder Program at Cook Children's treats a wide range of conditions that affect movement including:
Pediatric movement disorders are diagnosed through physical examination of the patient, clinical evaluation of the child's history and symptoms, neuroimaging and laboratory studies, which may even include genetic testing.
Our pediatric movement disorder team works together to control symptoms and maintain our patients' quality of life. Treatment options may include:
Because movement disorders are complex, we use a team approach to treating our patients. This may include biofeedback specialists, physical, speech and occupational therapists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, child life specialists, and social workers. All working together with one goal: to improve movement and restore quality to your child's daily life.
The Endowed Chair program is a significant commitment to our Promise and will provide the funding our physicians need to support their efforts to improve the health of our children and community.
Warren Marks, M.D., one of our first Endowed Chairs, is developing a comprehensive clinical center for pediatric movement disorders. This will build on the highly successful programs that are already in place, with deep brain stimulation (DBS) serving as the centerpiece. Our DBS program enjoys an international reputation and our rehabilitation services are recognized regionally. By establishing a comprehensive movement disorder center we will further enhance our regional, national and international reputation as a destination for care in neurosciences. The scope of service will stretch from the earliest diagnosis to the last stage of rehabilitation and return to normal function.
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