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By Winchester Neurological Consultants
May 31, 2022
Tags: Movement Disorders  

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,

  • Ataxia
  • Dystonia
  • 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
  • Tics

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.

By Winchester Neurological Consultants
June 07, 2021
Category: Medical
Tags: Movement Disorders  

How your doctors in Winchester, VA, can help if you have a movement disorder

If you have a movement disorder, it can be frustrating. The continuous, involuntary body movements can make you feel like you have lost control. The good news is, your doctor can help treat your movement disorder, so you can enjoy your life again. The doctors at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, offer a wide range of medical and neurological services, including treatment for movement disorders.

At Winchester Neurological Consultants, there is a clinic dedicated to the treatment of movement disorders. The doctors at Winchester Neurological Consultants Movement Disorders Clinic specialize in the treatment of movement disorders. Evaluation, management, and treatment are all part of a comprehensive plan to help you.

The doctors at Winchester Neurological Consultants Movement Disorders Clinic combine multiple medical disciplines including neurosurgery, physical and rehabilitation medicine, neuropsychology, and physical therapy. They can treat a variety of movement disorders including:

  • Essential tremor syndrome
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Parkinson’s-plus syndrome

The main focus of management and treatment is Deep Brain Stimulation or DBS. It’s safe and effective for the treatment of movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease.

The DBS stimulator device is implanted during a surgical procedure. After placement of the device, the doctor will discuss medication as an adjunct to the procedure. DBS treatment can reduce the tremors and rigidity associated with Parkinson’s disease and Essential tremor syndrome.

DBS treatment, a medication regimen, and lifestyle modification all work together to help you cope with a movement disorder, so you can enjoy your life again. Your doctor can help you manage a movement disorder, so you can get back to the more fulfilling life you deserve.

To find out more about movement disorders and how your doctor can help, call the doctors of Winchester Neurological Consultants Movement Disorders Clinic in Winchester, VA, at (540) 667-1828. Call today!