How can peripheral surgery help treat dystonia?

Peripheral surgeries occur outside the brain and generally target the specific nerves and muscles affected by the incorrect messages from the brain. Dystonia symptoms occur when the body’s muscles receive faulty information from the brain, causing them to contract involuntarily. These faulty messages most commonly start in a part of the brain called the basal ganglia. These messages move over brain pathways to the spinal cord and from nerves to muscles.

Peripheral surgeries are generally used to treat focal dystonia.

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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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