Outpatient Clinic for Movement Disorders 

Outpatient Clinic for Movement Disorders 

The Outpatient Clinic for Movement Disorders at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry is primarily directed at patients with Parkinson’s disease (at all stages) but also patients with other movement disorders such as essential tremor, restless legs syndrome, tics and tardive dyskinesia. 

Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders. The underlying causes of the sporadically occurring forms are still unknown. Epidemiological, neuropathological and laboratory-chemical studies suggest a multifactorial pathogenesis. Genetic predisposition, environmental pollutants and ageing processes play an important role. Contrary to many other neurodegenerative diseases, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can be treated successfully with pharmacotherapy and physiotherapy.

In collaboration with our Neurology Ward, we offer differential diagnosis and therapy initiation and optimization in an outpatient setting. We develop individualized treatment based on the patient’s diagnostic classification, previous treatment and observations of state-of-the-art research results.

Care of patients with deep brain stimulators 

Patients with Parkinson’s disease who have had a deep brain stimulator implanted can be overseen by our outpatient clinic. This includes regular checkups for pacemaker adjustments and alteration of concomitant medication. 

Further treatment options: 

Psychosoziale Beratung
Due to the long-term course of the disease, a number of questions may arise concerning rehabilitation measures, prescriptions for therapeutic appliances, social law or furniture specially designed to fit the needs of disabled patients. All of these aspects can be addressed through our close collaboration with the psychosocial counseling team of the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry. more

Targeted physiotherapy and sports therapy are important components of Parkinson’s disease therapy. Being diagnosed with a Parkinson’s syndrome permits repeated and long-lasting prescription of physiotherapy by our outpatient clinic. However, physiotherapy is only available for inpatients of the Max Planck Institute and not outpatients.

Certain drugs prescribed for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease require careful observation of (basic) dietary rules. The Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry can provide nutritional advice, from general questions on nutrition to weight loss programs (which can also improve mobility). more
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