Can dystonia be treated?

There is not yet a cure for dystonia, but there are multiple treatment options. The goal of treatment is to reduce muscle spasms, pain, and posturing. The ultimate goals are to improve quality of your life and help you function with the fewest possible side effects. However, no single treatment will be appropriate for every case.

A movement disorder neurologist is typically the type of specialist with the training to diagnose and treat dystonia. Establishing a satisfactory treatment plan requires open communication and patience between you and your doctor. It’s important to find the most experienced doctor possible and that it is someone with whom you feel comfortable.

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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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