What are the treatment options for dystonia?

Treatment of dystonia must be customized to the needs of the individual patient. In general, treatment for dystonia is most successful when it addresses the whole person -- body (physical medicine), emotions (mental health) and spirit. Treatment generally consist of a combination of therapies:
  • medication (oral and injected)
  • surgery
  • complementary therapies
  • supportive therapies

Because the causes and symptoms of dystonia vary, treatment is different for each individual. The aim of treatment is to minimize muscle spasms to help people lead as normal a life as possible. For some people, diagnosing an underlying disorder or stopping the use of a particular medication can help treat the dystonia. Other treatment options include medications, Botox injections, surgery, or deep brain stimulation. Deep brain stimulation involves placing an electrical device in the brain to control muscle spasms.

Continue Learning about Dystonia


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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