Learn more about movement disorders and their warning signs.
If you suddenly notice that you’re having trouble walking, twitching limbs, or experiencing uncontrolled movement, you could be dealing with a movement disorder. These nervous system disorders can lead to involuntary movement and impact a person’s life and wellbeing. If you suspect that you or a loved one might be dealing with movement disorders, it’s time to turn to our Winchester, VA, neurologists.
What are the most common types of movement disorders?
Some of the most common movement disorders our Winchester, VA, team diagnoses and treats include,
- Parkinson’s disease
- Tourette syndrome
- Periodic limb movement disorder (e.g., restless leg syndrome)
- Huntington’s disease
What are the signs and symptoms of movement disorders?
Each movement disorder comes with its own set of unique symptoms, but some of the common warning signs of a movement disorder include,
- Loss of muscle coordination
- Muscle spasms or twitching
- Involuntary movements that can be painful
- Tremors or shaking
- Slowed movement
- Increased clumsiness
- Difficulty walking
What causes movement disorders?
Many factors could increase a person’s chances of developing a movement disorder. Genetics can play a significant role, as can certain medications, metabolic disorders, infections, vascular diseases and injuries that damage the brain or spinal cord. Exposure to certain toxins could also cause movement disorders.
What should I expect when I turn to a neurologist for care?
The treatment you receive from our Winchester, VA, team will depend on the type of movement disorder. First, we will need to perform the appropriate tests to diagnose your movement disorder. From there, we can craft a custom treatment plan. Sometimes medications can cure certain movement disorders, while others may improve when other underlying health problems are better controlled; however, while most movement disorders don’t cure, medications and lifestyle changes can help you manage your symptoms and may even slow the progression of your symptoms.
If you are worried about movement disorders and want to sit down with our Winchester, VA, neurologists at Winchester Neurological Consultants to discuss your symptoms or better manage your condition, call us at (540) 667-1828.