What kinds of doctors typically treat dystonia?

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.

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.

The kinds of doctors who typically treat dystonia include:

  • Psychologists can help with relaxation techniques for tight muscles.
  • Physiotherapists teach people exercises to stretch muscles. Sometimes dystonia can affect walking. Physiotherapists will help with that too.
  • Podiatrists give people foot supports to help with walking.
  • Occupational therapists help people find easier ways of doing regular activities so that dystonia doesn’t get in the way.

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