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Department of movement disorders

PD. Dr. med. Niels Allert
neurology, neurological rehabilitation

About the department

The department of movement disorders at The Neurological Rehabilitation Center Godeshohe Bonn specializes in treating movement disorders, primarily Parkinson's disease, dystonia and diseases with predominant tremors. The department is staffed by specially trained physicians and therapeutic nursing staff familiar with the special needs of patients with movement disorders and can provide professional medical care. The medical team, including physiotherapists and occupational therapists, works closely with doctors and medical staff to improve patient mobility. Speech therapists and swallowing specialists are also expanding the spectrum of therapy, as are neuropsychologists and educators. In addition, the department has the latest modern equipment, allowing doctors to broaden the range of medical services. For example, highly-qualified doctors are successfully implanting a deep brain stimulation system, which is an effective procedure in treating movement disorders.

The department's primary goal is to improve the patient's quality of life as much as possible. Rehabilitation is possible both in inpatient and outpatient settings. Doctors prefer non-invasive, sparing methods in therapy. In addition to medical treatment, specific forms of treatment have proven successful, such as drug pumps for Parkinson's disease (Duodopa pump and apomorphine pump), botulinum toxin injection for dystonia, or surgical treatment.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis: 

  • Dystonia
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Atypical parkinsonian disorders
  • Primary motor stereotypies 
  • Ataxia  
  • Essential tremor  
  • Injuries of the brain or spinal cord 
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Huntington's disease
  • Tourette syndrome

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis (history of the disease)
  • Physical examination
  • Laboratory and biochemical analysis 
  • Digital X-ray 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 
  • Computed tomography (CT) 
  • Neurological testing 
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) 
  • Electromyography (EMG) (measures muscle response to a nerve's stimulation)
  • Nerve conduction studies (measures how fast an electrical impulse moves through a nerve)

Treatment:

  • Drug therapy 
  • Pain therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Medication pump (Duodopa pump and apomorphine pump)
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Speech and swallowing therapy
  • Botulinum toxin injection
  • Other treatment procedures
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