Movement Disorders are neurological health conditions, which affect the quality and speed of your movement. There are many forms of movement disorders, but the most prevalent are dystonia and Spasticity. At Integrated Neurology Services, with office locations in Lorton, Falls Church, Alexandria, and Vienna, VA, the neurology specialists utilize cutting-edge medical technologies to offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment for movement disorders. The providers partner with patients to develop personalized plans to address their prevailing symptoms. To schedule an appointment with Falls Church movement disorders specialists, call the office near you or book online.
What Are Movement Disorders?
Movement disorders are one of several neurological conditions described by unusual muscle movements affecting your accuracy, fluency, and speed. Your central nervous system comprises the spinal cord and brain, both of which receive information from your body via the peripheral nervous system. Your spinal cord and brain process this information and send it back to the body so that it can generate appropriate action.
The coordination between your peripheral nerves, brain, and the spinal cord is responsible for your smile once you see something admirable and the rapid withdrawal of your hand after touching a hot surface. A malfunction or damage in your central nervous system can result in a movement disorder.
What Are The Forms Of Movement Disorders?
There is an extensive range of movement disorders. These include Huntington’s disease, Tremors, Ataxia, Parkinson’s disease, Restless leg syndrome, Tics, Myoclonus, Multiple system atrophies, Tourette’s syndrome, Progressive supranuclear palsy, and Wilson’s disease. Nonetheless, dystonia and Spasticity are the most prevalent forms of movement disorders.
What Is Spasticity?
Spasticity is a form of movement disorder characterized by rigidness or stiffness of the muscles caused by an unusual increase in muscle contractions. Ove 12M persons worldwide live with Spasticity, with up to 80% of these cases being triggered by cerebral palsy.
Spasticity is mainly attributed to the spinal cord or brain damage, which is responsible for controlling voluntary movements. If left untreated, your Spasticity can result in a restricted range of motion or frozen joints.
What Is Dystonia?
Dystonia affects about 250,000 American citizens and is described by involuntary muscle contractions causing twisting and intermittent movement and unusual posture. This movement disorder may affect one or several muscles.
Dystonia is often caused by the malfunction in your basal ganglia – the section of your brain responsible for controlling your muscle coordination. Though dystonia isn’t life-threatening, it can significantly affect your life quality.
How To Treat Movement Disorders?
The expert specialists at Integrated Neurology Services structure personalized treatment plans for your movement disorder, depending on the form of disorder you have, the hidden cause, the severity of your condition, and age. The individualized treatment plan may include physical therapy, oral medication, occupational therapy, and/or intravenous infusions.
At Integrated Neurology Services, experienced neurologists work closely with patients to develop customized treatment plans that minimize their symptoms and enhance overall life quality. New patients are welcome. Do not let a movement disorder keep you from doing the things you love. Schedule a consultation today by calling the office near you or use the online booking tool.