How deep brain stimulation can help movement disorders
7:57 AM, Oct 01, 2018
Movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease and essential tremor affect millions of Americans. Unfortunately, due to the little-understood nature of the brain, neurological disorders such as these can be hard to diagnose and treat.
This is why recently developed medical treatments like deep brain stimulation (DBS) are so groundbreaking; it gives hope to patients who previously had few choices, and more is being learned about the beneficial long-term effects of DBS every day.
What is deep brain stimulation?
According to Harry Tamm, MD, a neurologist with HonorHealth Neurology in partnership with Phoenix Neurological Associates, "DBS is a surgical procedure which involves placing electrodes in the brain." The two electrodes are then attached to a device implanted in the patient's upper chest near the collar bone.