Neurostimulators for Movement Disorders

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy is currently approved to treat Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia.* This adjustable, reversible therapy uses an implanted device that electrically stimulates areas of the brain, which enables the brain circuits that control movement to function better.

For Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease affects approximately 80,000 Australians.1 If you're one of them, you probably know this neurological movement disorder has no cure. What you may not know is that deep brain stimulation therapy may reduce some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease.2
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For Essential Tremor

Often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor is very common. In fact, 1 in 5 people over age 65 may have it.3 If essential tremor is affecting your ability to live an active lifestyle, deep brain stimulation may be able to help manage your symptoms.
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For Dystonia

Primarily a hereditary condition, dystonia can cause severe involuntary muscle contractions that may interfere with your everyday life. Deep brain stimulation may be able to help.
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References

  1. About Parkinson's Disease. Available at: www.parkinsonsnsw.org.au. Accessed October 3, 2008.
  2. Activa Therapy Clinical Summary, 2003.
  3. What is Essential Tremor? Available at: www.essentialtremor.org. Accessed July 14, 2008.
Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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