Patients should expect a long and meticulous health history at their first visit, including the completion of a written history of your health. It is common practice for our neurologists to ask about other family members who may also be affected with the same or related symptoms. It is important to know about any family history of disease, including symptoms, age of onset, causes, and age of death in siblings, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and first cousins. Such knowledge may provide the key to a diagnosis. If a pattern of symptoms or a family history suggests a genetic component of disease, a referral for genetic counseling and testing may be required.
We will seek to physically observe the problems you are having and characterize your difficulties. You may be asked to give us written permission to videotape your movement disorder, so that we may precisely record and review the problems you are experiencing. Often, when it comes to movement disorders, "a picture is worth a thousand words." This also enables us to consult with our fellow colleagues, as necessary, in order to reach the correct diagnosis.
Once a diagnosis is reached, together with you and your family, we will help you decide on the best possible therapies and treatment plan. In between visits, you are encouraged to call our center to ask questions and report changes. We welcome and encourage your participation in your ongoing care.
To schedule an appointment with ColumbiaDoctors Neurology Movement Disorders Practice, please call 212-305-1303 or email your appointment request to MovementDisorders@columbia.edu.
Once an appointment has been made, please complete the Movement Disorders New Patient Supplementary Questionnaire prior to your visit. This will ensure that your doctor has all of your medical information.