What are Movement Disorders?
By Winchester Neurological Consultants
February 20, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Movement Disorder  

Are you or someone you love dealing with the effects of a movement disorder?

Movement disorders include a variety of neurological issues that affect movement in some way, whether by slowing down movement, affecting the speed/fluidity of movement, or by causing involuntary spasms. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with a movement disorder, our neurological team can help.

Here at Movement Disorders Clinic in Winchester, VA, neurologist Dr. Mariecken Fowler works together with neurosurgeon Dr. Lee Selznick and rehabilitation physician Dr. Dominique Vinh to provide a comprehensive approach to treating a range of movement disorders. Read on to learn more about movement disorders and the treatments we offer:

What are the common types of movement disorders?

While there are 40 different kinds of movement disorders, the most commonly known ones include:

  • Ataxia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Dystonia
  • Tardive dyskinesia

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms you experience will depend on the type of movement disorder you have. Common symptoms include:

  • Tremors
  • Tics (movement or verbal) or involuntary movements
  • Trouble walking
  • Difficulty writing or using your hands
  • Slowed movement
  • Changes in writing
  • Uncontrollable movements while asleep
  • Stiffness of the limbs

If you are experiencing any tremors or persistent tics that affect your ability to walk, talk, or write, then it may be time to consult with our Winchester, VA, neurological team to find out if you could have a movement disorder.

How are movement disorders treated?

The underlying cause of your symptoms will determine the type of treatment you receive. Your treatment plan may include different therapies, medications, or surgeries. If medication isn’t successfully managing your symptoms or if your symptoms are severe, then our team may recommend deep brain stimulation, a surgical procedure in which our neurosurgeons will place a neurostimulator into the part of the brain responsible for controlling movement. This device will send out electrical charges that will block nerve signals that cause these tremors and involuntary movements.

Need treatment? Give us a call

If you are living with a movement disorder in Winchester, VA, you want a team of doctors that will be able to listen to you and provide you with the care you deserve. Call Winchester Neurological Consultants at (540) 667-1828 to learn more about deep brain stimulation and other treatment options to help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

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