What kinds of doctors typically treat dystonia?


Dystonia is typically treated by a neurologist/neurosurgeon. However there will likely be a coordinated effort between the specialist and the person's primary care doctor. Depending on the individual, there may also be a role for psychiatry.

Individuals with dystonia are encouraged to seek out a neurologist with training in movement disorders. Not all neurologists are movement disorder specialists. A movement disorder specialist will be up-to-date on the latest research in dystonia and new developments in treatment. Otolaryngologists, speech pathologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, ophthalmologists or other physicians with special training or experience also may treat focal dystonias that fall under their specialties.

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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