Providing specialized rehabilitation if you have a movement disorder.

The Parkinson’s Disease and other Movement Disorders Rehabilitation Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center provides specialized rehabilitation for people living with movement disorders. We offer advanced medical interventions and therapies designed to help you live with these disorders and enhance the quality of your overall health and everyday life.

Our Patients

Our rehabilitation program helps you reduce symptoms and maximize your ability to move and function.

We provide care for those with:

  • Parkinson’s Disease, a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking and difficulty with walking, movement and coordination
  • Dystonia, a neurological muscle disorder with involuntary muscle spasms
  • Essential tremor, uncontrolled shaking or trembling that is not related to disease
  • Huntington’s Disease, the deterioration of nerve cells in the brain with uncontrolled movements of the limbs, trunk and face
  • Multiple system atrophy, a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement, blood pressure and other body functions
  • Myoclonus, twitching of muscle or group of muscles
  • Spasticity, increased muscle contractions causing muscles to become stiff, affecting movement, speech and walking
  • Tourette syndrome, a hereditary disorder with repeated involuntary movements and uncontrollable sounds or tics

Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center? 

We use a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care. Our experts work together to provide you with personalized and innovative treatments. There are many important reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • Our rehabilitation therapy programs are personalized to meet your needs and abilities. Our neurologists and other specialty physicians work together with our rehabilitation teams to improve your overall health.
  • Our program focuses on helping you restore as much function as possible and achieve the highest level of independence.
  • We are proud that the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredits our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs. CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has consistently ranked among the best in the nation.
  • Since Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available. 

Our Services

Our Services

This program offers rehabilitation services to help in each phase of your rehabilitation — from services offered in the hospital (inpatient services) to those offered after returning home (outpatient services). These services help you achieve your highest level of recovery. They may include:

  • Medical evaluation, including neurological assessment
  • Diagnostic testing, including MRI and CT scan
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation assessment
  • Individualized therapy treatment plans
  • Rehabilitation treatment if you have had deep brain stimulation, an implanted device that delivers electrical stimulation to targeted areas of the brain
  • Patient support groups

Treatment Plan

Your Treatment Plan

Your customized treatment and therapy plan may include:

  • Physical therapy to help improve strength, mobility and fitness
  • Occupational therapy to participate in activities of daily living
  • Speech therapy,  providing treatment of speech and communication disorders
  • Swallowing assessment and therapy
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT®) training to improve voice and respiratory functions
  • Fall prevention training to improve balance, coordination, flexibility and walking
  • Medications
  • Training that teaches exaggerated body movements to improve speed and balance in the upper and lower limbs (LSVT® BIG)
  • Deep brain stimulation, an implanted device that delivers electrical stimulation to targeted areas of the brain or other surgical procedures
  • Counseling for adjustment to disability, spouse support and coping strategies
  • Patient, family and caregiver education
  • Custom exercise programs

Treatment Team

Your Treatment Team

Your personalized treatment plan starts with a team of specialists who may include:

  • Neurologists who specialize in disorders of the nervous system
  • Neurosurgeons who specialize in surgery on the brain and other parts of the nervous system
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians or physiatrists who specialize in helping people regain body functions lost due to medical conditions or injuries
  • Physical therapists who specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility
  • Occupational therapists who specialize in improving patients’ ability to complete activities of daily living
  • Speech-language pathologists who specialize in helping patients improve communication, cognition and swallowing
  • Assistive technology professionals who specialize in seating and positioning
  • Vision rehabilitation therapists who specialize in helping patients with vision impairments
  • Social workers who specialize in the social, emotional and financial needs of families and patients
  • Case managers who specialize in the coordination of inpatient and post-hospital care and services for patients and families
  • Counselors who provide a variety of counseling, rehabilitation and support services

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