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The effects of movement disorders range in severity. For instance, Parkinson’s disease is serious and gets worse over time. On the other hand, essential tremor – which is eight times more common than Parkinson’s – can be mild enough that it doesn’t require any treatment.
Patients with movement disorders have treatment options based on how their condition affects their quality of life. These disorders and their side effects require expert care. That’s exactly what you’ll get from our team at Baystate Health, western Massachusetts’ leader in care across the neurosciences.
What Are Movement Disorders?
Every movement you make, from the simplest to the most complex, involves your nervous system. Your brain sends signals down your spinal cord to your nerves. Those signals tell your muscles how and when to move.
If you have a movement disorder, your muscles move on their own. This is because of some type of breakdown in your nervous system.
Movement disorders nearly always involve involuntary muscle movements. These movements can include: abnormal muscle contractions or twitches; feelings of restlessness or urges to move; tics, or muscular contractions, often in the eyelids or other facial muscles; tremors, or uncontrollable shaking, uncontrollable movement or walking.
Movement Disorders We Treat
Our team members have advanced training to care for you if you have a movement disorder. We treat:
- Essential tremor
- Hemifacial spasm
- Huntington’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease and related disorders
- Restless legs syndrome
- Tourette’s syndrome and other tic-related conditions
Diagnosis of Movement Disorders
If your doctor suspects you may have a movement disorder, he or she may refer you to us for more in-depth testing. Our movement disorder specialists will give you a thorough exam and get your detailed medical history.
If we see signs of a movement disorder, you may need further tests. We use sophisticated diagnostic tests and equipment to help us give you the most accurate diagnosis possible.
Treatment of Movement Disorders
We’ll work closely with you to create a treatment plan that’s custom-made for you and your condition. Your treatment plan may include:
We may be able to successfully treat your movement disorder with these approaches. For some, there is no cure for their movement disorder. In that case, we’ll work to control your symptoms, relieve your pain, and improve your quality of life.