Movement disorders are characterized as health issues that cause abnormal and involuntary body positions or movements. Many neurological conditions are caused by brain signal problems and they can ultimately affect quality, fluency, speed, and ease of movement. Dyskinesia is characterized as abnormal and involuntary fluency and/or speed of movement while hyperkinesia is characterized as excessive movement and hypokinesia is characterized as slow or absent, abnormal and involuntary movements. Movement disorders are also referred to as conversion disorders and/or psychogenic movement disorders. Injuries or underlying conditions to the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system don’t always cause movement disorders. Movement disorders can include:
As previously mentioned in the list above, tics are a well-known, movement disorder characterized by abnormal and/or involuntary contractions of the muscles that can ultimately affect an individual’s regular physical activities as well as their overall quality of life. Tics are generally triggered by a powerful urge or sensation that is temporarily relieved after the contraction of the muscles. Several examples of common tics can involve the following, including:
Dystonia can include spasmodic torticollis, characterized by abnormal and/or involuntary movements of the eyelids, face, head, neck, and blepharospasm. Tourette’s syndrome is another well-known movement disorder characterized as a health issue that causes a variety of vocal and motor tics or repetitive contractions of the muscles. Common symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome generally manifest during childhood and/or early adolescence and they can commonly vary in severity and frequency. Patients diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome can also ultimately develop a variety of other behavioral problems, including inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, compulsions, and obsessions. A diagnosis is necessary to determine the presence of Tourette’s syndrome.
Movement disorders are characterized by abnormal and involuntary movements. But, patients may also experience a variety of other symptoms, including:
The symptoms of the movement disorders previously mentioned above can be treated. Treatment can help improve the symptoms of movement disorders.
Movement disorders can cause stress and ultimately affect an individual’s overall quality of life. Qualified and experienced healthcare professionals that specialize in a variety of movement disorders can help diagnose as well as develop a treatment program for every patient’s unique needs and symptoms. The goal of a doctor is to help improve the quality of life of patients with movement disorders through the use of lifestyle modifications, therapy, and medicines. According to the diagnosis, the healthcare professional will ultimately suggest treatments and possible referrals to other specialists, including:
Movement disorders are ultimately characterized as a variety of neurological health issues that can also generally cause various abnormal and involuntary body positions or movements. Many other neurological health issues are commonly caused by problems in the transmitting signals of the brain and they can ultimately affect quality, fluency, speed, and ease of movement. Movement disorders are also frequently referred to as conversion disorders and/or psychogenic movement disorders. Treatment of the symptoms of movement disorders will ultimately depend on the diagnosis of the patient. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight
Movement disorders are characterized as health issues that cause abnormal and involuntary body positions or movements. Many neurological conditions are caused by brain signal problems and they can ultimately affect quality, fluency, speed, and ease of movement. Dyskinesia is characterized as abnormal and involuntary fluency and/or speed of movement while hyperkinesia is characterized as excessive movement and hypokinesia is characterized as slow or absent, abnormal and involuntary movements. Movement disorders are also referred to as conversion disorders and/or psychogenic movement disorders.
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