Can dystonia be prevented?

This is a complex question, because researchers are still working to fully understand how and why dystonia occurs. We do know dystonia can be caused by many things: genetic mutations, brain injury, certain medications, just to name a few. But many people who are exposed to these things never develop dystonia.

Testing is availble for specific genetic types of dystonia. A genetic counselor can help people determine whether they are candidates for genetic testing and what they may be able to learn about the risk of dystonia for themselves and their family members. 

Because the cause of dystonia is unknown is many cases it is difficult to prevent the condition. In some cases, genetic factors may be the cause, while in others, other disorders or certain medications may be triggering dystonia symptoms. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms to figure out treatment options.

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When your muscles contract involuntarily, the condition is called dystonia. Dystonia causes a twisting or clenching of whatever body part is affected. For example, when you have a stroke, the affected arm and hand may be clenched ...

and held in a strange position. Dystonia can be very mild or very severe. It can make your life very difficult and this can lead to frustration, depression or anxiety. See your doctor to treat your symptoms and talk over your frustrations.

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