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11/7/2011 3:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 11/7/2011 1:49:25 PM CENTRAL
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Neurology Services Now Available Locally
Meet our new neurologist – Daniel Kuyper, MD
St. Francis Regional Medical Center welcomes its new neurologist, Daniel Kuyper, MD, who began seeing patients at Park Nicollet - Shakopee in late September.  Kuyper’s specific interests are movement disorders, including Parkingson’s disease, other forms of tremor and dystonia.

“I am looking forward to providing neurologic care to a growing area of the Twin Cities and working closely with primary care providers at St. Francis,” Kuyper says. “I’m also looking forward to developing new relationships with new patients and their families over the long term.”

What do Neurologists Treat?
Neurologists treat disorders of the nervous system, brain, spinal cord, nerves, muscles and pain. Common neurological disorders include: stroke, Alzheimer's disease, headache, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis, pain, tremor, brain and spinal cord injuries, brain tumors, peripheral nervous disorders and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. A neurologist also manages long-term care for patients who are afflicted with diseases and disorders present at birth or that have developed later on in life. Conditions such as MS, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease are just some of the disorders a neurologist may offer long-term care for.

Advancements in care
“I enjoy treating patients in neurology because of the progress we’ve seen in care,” Kuyper says. “Many conditions within neurology are much more easily treated than a generation ago. Neurologic conditions can seem mysterious to patients at first, so I find that helping them understand their condition really yields improved quality of life and treatment results.”

For example, while many patients are familiar with the cosmetic uses of Botox treatments, it now plays an important role in many neurologic conditions. “I commonly inject Botox for cervical dystonia, which results in stiffness, pain, and abnormal positions of the head and neck,” Kuyper says. “I also inject for other conditions, including blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm and drooling due to Parkinson’s disease.

Making an Appointment
To make and appointment with Daniel Kuyper, MD at the Park Nicollet Clinic in Shakopee, please call 952.993.3200.