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Elks Rehab Hospital Movement Disorders Center

Movement Disorders Center- 208.489.4599

Offering new hope for patients with debilitating neurological conditions.

Movement disorders are typically caused by a neurodegenerative disease. The brain essentially "misfires," causing involuntary muscle movements, jerking, tremors, and spasticity. These disorders can affect almost every aspect of a patient's life, from gait to balance to the ability to carry on a conversation.

Dr. Lauren Seeberger, is the medical director of the Elks Rehab Hospital Movement Disorders Center. She is a nationally recognized, fellowship trained neurologist who specializes in movement disorders. With her extensive research background—she has authored or co-authored over 40 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and participated in more than 70 grant-funded research studies in her field—Dr. Seeberger is the most qualified expert in Idaho on the subject of movement disorders.

The Movement Disorders Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating disorders including:

  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Dystonia
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Essential Tremor
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Spasticity, a common result of brain injury and other neurodegenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy
  • Other complex movement disorders.

Botox and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

The deep brain stimulation system (DBS) involves an implant pulse generator (IPG), a battery powered neurostimulator that sends electrical stimulation to targeted spots in the brain. The lead is placed in different parts of the brain depending on the diagnosed cause of the movement disorder and is adjusted by a neurologist or technician to suppress symptoms and manage side effects.

"DBS is an incredible tool in our arsenal that we didn't have before. We've been able to use it for the past ten years with truly life-changing results," Dr. Seeberger says. While DBS is not a cure for neurodegenerative diseases, it can help patients to manage symptoms, dramatically improving quality of life in many cases. Patients who cannot control their symptoms with medication or who suffer severe side effects are good candidates for DBS implants.

Botox is frequently used to improve range of motion in people with movement disorders. Botox, the brand name for the botulinim toxin injection popularized by plastic surgeons, works by paralyzing twitching muscles. It is often used to treat tics, blinking and other involuntary movements associated with these disorders. The treatment is readily available, and patients suffer no permanent side effects.

Parkinson's Clinic

The Parkinson's Clinic provides patients with access to a team of specialists, including physical, occupational, and speech therapists. During the clinic, patients meet with Dr. Seeberger to be assessed, then work with the specialists on their specific problems in a visit that lasts one to two hours.

Research is another top priority for the Movement Disorders Center. We are an official Parkinson's Research Site, and are currently participating in several research studies and will continue to be considered when pharmaceutical companies or other groups want to establish research protocols.

Patients are typically referred to Dr. Seeberger from outside primary care physicians and other neurologists. For more information, referrals or appointments, please contact us at 489-4599.

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