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Movement disorders care

For people who may have movement that is excessive, involuntary, slowed or completely absent.

Movement – even simple movement – is a result of complex coordination between your brain and muscles through signals transmitted through nerves in your spinal cord. A movement disorder is a neurological condition that interferes with this intricate process to the point it affects the speed, flow or ease of your movement.

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What it is

Movement disorders encompass a broad range of conditions. Causes range from injury to autoimmune disease, inherited conditions, infection or certain medications.

 

Some of the more common movement disorders include:

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Dystonia
  • Essential tremor
  • Huntington disease
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Tic disorder

Good to know

Signs of a movement disorder vary and can include tremors, stiffness, trouble sleeping and changes in voice and sense of smell. 

If you or a loved one experience changes in your health that don’t improve, it’s important to seek medical attention. Our health care experts at Allina Health can help determine the cause and offer treatment and care options.

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Treatment and outcomes vary. Some disorders respond to medicine and others improve when an underlying cause is found and treated. Sometimes there is no cure for the disorder. In those instances, the objective is to minimize your symptoms and reduce pain.

Deep brain stimulation surgery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital is an FDA-approved treatment that can effectively suppress many of the debilitating symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia.

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