Movement Disorders Clinic  ::  Nationwide Children's Hospital

Movement Disorders Clinic

The Movement Disorders Clinic at Nationwide Children’s specializes in helping infants, children and young adults with common or complex movement problems, including tics, tremors, dystonia and other abnormal, involuntary movements. Conditions commonly diagnosed and treated include:

  • Ataxia
  • Athetosis
  • Ballismus
  • Bradykinesia/Parkinsonism
  • Cerebral palsies with abnormal movements
  • Chorea
  • Dyskinesia
  • Dystonia
  • Genetic and metabolic disorders producing involuntary movements
  • Huntington disease
  • Myoclonus
  • Parkinsonism
  • Psychogenic movement disorders
  • Spasticity
  • Stereotypies
  • Tic disorders (transient, chronic, Tourette syndrome)
  • Tremor

Movement disorders are often accompanied by additional problems, such as ADHD, OCD/OCS, anxiety, depression, learning problems, headache and sleep problems; therefore it is important to treat the child as a whole, not just the involuntary movements.


We gather a thorough patient history from referring providers, and through communication with patient and parent. We also observe patients closely under different conditions and performing different activities. Video recordings taken in the clinic and sometimes those taken by parents are also helpful in diagnosis. The patient also receives a complete neurological examination, and may undergo additional testing. Depending on initial observations and patient history, further testing may include:

  • CT scan of the head
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Other electrophysiological studies:
    o  Nerve conduction (NCS)
    o  Electromyography (EMG)
    o  Evoked Potential (EP)
  • Metabolic testing
  • Genetic tests
  • Thyroid profile
  • Tissue biopsies and culture
  • Immunological studies


Treatment options generally involve medication management with close attention to the specific disorder to ensure the best outcome. When appropriate, treatment may involve additional measures, including botulinum toxin injections, deep brain stimulation and other surgical interventions like intrathecal baclofen pump.

Multidisciplinary Team

Members of the Movement Disorders care team represent a variety of medical disciplines, all working closely to diagnose and treat patients. The specialties include:

  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurodiagnostics
  • Genetics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Psychiatry
  • Social Work

Advanced Focus in Movement Disorders

Debabrata Ghosh, MD, a pediatric neurologist and leading expert in pediatric movement disorders, leads the Movement Disorders program at Nationwide Children’s. Named among the “Best Doctors in America,” Dr. Ghosh is one of only a few child neurologists in the United States with expertise in movement disorders.

Referrals and Scheduling

The Movement Disorders Clinic accepts referrals from primary care providers. These providers may call (614) 722-4625 to make a referral and schedule an appointment.

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Neurology accepts referrals from U.S. and international primary care physicians and pediatric specialists.

Refer by Phone: (614) 722-6200 or 1-877-722-6220

Refer by Fax: (614) 722-4000

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