Dystonia is a condition in which muscles are abnormally tight, resulting in a sensation of “cramps” and often uncomfortable movements of the arms or legs, or twisting of the head and neck.  Medications and BoTox injections are often able to improve the condition, but some patients do not achieve sufficient relief with those therapies alone.  In those cases, neurosurgical intervention can be considered.  The Brown University Neurosurgery program and the Movement Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital have significant experience treating this and other less-common movement disorders, to improve the quality of life of those suffering with these conditions.

Patients with Dystonia are evaluated in a multidisciplinary movement disorders clinic by multiple specialists over a single day.  The team assesses each patient individually to determine whether a surgical option is appropriate, and to recommend a particular course of treatment based upon each person’s medical condition, disease pattern, and life goals.  In addition to allowing us to learn about important aspects of each patient’s condition and needs, this comprehensive evaluation helps patients learn about their own condition and ultimately to make the best decisions for themselves.

Comprehensive Care Center

Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center

Neurosurgical Options

  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) of the GPi
  • Laser Pallidotomy


BrainLab AIRO Mobile CT Scanner with Navigation System

MRI Guided Laser Ablation

593 Eddy Street, APC6
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 793-9166
Fax: (401) 444-2788