What should be my first step in seeking the best treatment for dystonia?


The first step in seeking the best treatment for dystonia is to work with a movement disorder specialist to confirm diagnosis and create a treatment plan. If your dystonia is attributed to a specific cause, such as brain injury, exposure to certain medications or another neurologic or metabolic disorder, your treatment must address these issues. In many cases, treating dystonia is a multidisciplinary effort led by a movement disorder neurologist but potentially involving additional health care professionals with specialized training.

Your first step in seeking the best treatment for dystonia is to visit your primary care doctor. Dystonia can be treated with medication, injections, or deep brain stimulation. Deep brain stimulation is a neurologic surgery, but the other two forms of treatment can be performed by a variety of specialists. Your primary care doctor will be able to direct you to the appropriate resources in your area.

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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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