The Dystonia and Surgical Movement Disorders Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s specializes in evaluating, diagnosing and treating children, adolescents and adults with movement disorders, especially dystonia. These involuntary movements can develop in healthy, otherwise normal children or in children with a variety of neurological, developmental or genetic conditions. Occasionally, they may be induced by medications or by other medical or neurological diseases.

In 2012, the Surgical Movement Disorder Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s started the Pediatric Deep Brain Stimulation program. This is a unique program, with Neurology and Neurosurgery faculty specifically trained and experienced in the evaluation, and advanced medical and surgical treatment of pediatric movement disorders. For several years, we have been performing Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in children with interventional MRI technique. We have used DBS to treat patients with several different primary genetic dystonia syndromes, secondary dystonia (e.g. dyskinetic cerebral palsy, kernicterus, stroke) and complex tremor. We are available to manage dystonia symptoms through our clinic or in consultation with local primary or specialty physicians. We also provide second opinions. We work closely with physical medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, physical and occupational therapists at Cincinnati Children’s and in the community to offer a full spectrum of treatment options.

Treatments and Services

  • Botulinum toxin injection
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy