Dystonia is a state of uncharacteristic muscle tone normally due to a neurological defect, which results in abnormal posture and muscular spasm. It can either affect one muscle or the entire body. This type of involuntary muscular contractions can develop at any age, although it’s quite common between the ages of 40 and 70 years, and is more common among women.
Signs and symptoms
- Difficulty in speaking
- Pain and exhaustion
- Sudden foot cramps
- Involuntary blinking
- Uncontrolled pulling of the neck
- Dragging of legs
- Stress and anxiety
Note: These are just a few signs and symptoms provided for informational purposes. Do not attempt self-diagnosis based on this list.
Based upon the severity of condition, different treatment options are available. Botox injections introduce toxin into the affected part and prevents the activity of acetylcholine; the chemical responsible for muscular contractions. In cases of serious disabilities, a particular region of brain is implanted with an electrode connected to a stimulator fixed in the chest. The stimulator creates electric pulses and the electrode transfers it to the affected region in order to minimize the muscular contractions; a process known as deep brain stimulation.
Northern Neurology Specialties, Dr. Jill Bressler – Experts You Can Trust for Dystonia Treatment
At Northern Neurology Specialties, Dr. Bressler has the expertise and experienced to provide an inclusive diagnosis and treatment plan to treat dystonia. The well being of our clients is our first priority and we strive to meet the treatment goals with exceptional commitment. Give us a call today to learn more about dystonia diagnosis and treatment!