Movement Disorders Program at St. Joseph's/Candler is First in the Region

St. Joseph's/Candler provides the highest quality care available in the region, striving to be the first program of its kind offering a caring, convenient and comprehensive approach to diagnosis, treatment and support services for patients with neurological disorders with abnormal movement. 

The Movement Disorders Program is a designated Care Center by National Parkinson Foundation. 

Brain Specialists Help Patients Eliminate Involuntary Movements

The Movement Disorders Program is the area leader in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, Essential Tremor and other movement disorders. It is the only program in the region with deep brain stimulation surgery specialists and technology to help eliminate or control involuntary movements that occur in neurological patients. And it is the only program in the region with integrated teams of certified balance physical therapists, certified occupational therapists and speech therapists who work together to treat and manage movement disorders.

Movement Disorders We Treat

The Movement Disorders Program has expert neurology specialists and state-of-the-art treatments for common movement disorders, which include:

  • Parkinson’s disease – Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system, affecting more than 10 million people worldwide. Symptoms include tremor at rest, slowness, stiffness and poor balance.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome – RLS is characterized by an abnormal sensation in the legs with the urge to move the legs, usually happening in the evening and at rest. 
  • Tremor - A tremor is a rhythmic oscillating movement across a joint that may occur while standing, resting or with movement. It may be seen with a variety of diseases such as essential tremor and Parkinson's disease.
  • Dystonia - Dystonia describes an abnormal muscle contraction producing a distorted posture or pain. This may be limited to one body part such as the neck in cervical dystonia (torticollis) or generalized in some hereditary dystonias.
  • Myoclonus - Myoclonus is a lightning-like muscle jerk that may occur in a focal body part or in a generalized fashion. It may be associated with metabolic disarray or with significant head trauma. 
  • Tics and Tourette Syndrome - Tics are stereotypic non-purposeful movements or sounds. They mostly occur in children and can occur with certain conditions such as Tourette's syndrome. Tourette’s is diagnosed when both movement and vocalized tics are present for more than six months.
  • Huntington’s disease – Huntington’s disease is the progressive degeneration of nerve cells in the brain, usually resulting in abnormal movement, cognitive and psychiatric disorders. 

Goals of the Movement Disorders Program

St. Joseph's/Candler had the will and expertise to build a truly comprehensive and integrated program to serve patients suffering with movement disorders. Our goals are to provide compassionate, comprehensive, quality care for patients with movement disorders. Our program helps improve access to information, services and treatment, as well as serve as advocates for persons with movement disorders.

Connect with the Movement Disorders Program 

For more information on the Movement Disorders Program, please contact Fran McCarey, Outreach Coordinator for the Movement Disorders Program, at 912-819-2224 or via e-mail mccareyf@sjchs.org.


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