Movement Disorders Clinic
Treatments and Services

Specialized Treatment for Dystonia, Tourette Syndrome and Other Movement Disorders

The Movement Disorder Clinic emphasizes diagnosis and treatment. In some cases, the diagnostic process is complex, involving brain imaging, genetics and other technologies. Treatments are mainly symptomatic – attempts to reduce the burden of illness by diminishing symptoms. In most cases, there are no treatments that cure or modify the progression of the neurological disease. We are experienced in managing cognitive and emotional symptoms of these conditions. We manage symptoms through our clinic or in consultation with local primary or specialty physicians. We also provide second opinions. We work closely with psychologists and psychiatrists at Cincinnati Children's and in the community to offer a full spectrum of treatment options. We also do research to understand the causes and find better treatments for these conditions.

Treatment options include:

  • Oral medications 
  • Botulinum toxin injections
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) - Only a small number of medical centers specialize in providing a comprehensive DBS program for children and adolescents. Our neurosurgeons perform this minimally invasive procedure by placing a stimulation electrode on abnormal brain tissue in order to alter its function, control tremors and improve movement.
  • Pallidotomy and other lesional surgery
  • Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics


Our team works closely with many other divisions within Cincinnati Children's to provide patients and families with the best treatment options possible.