What are movement disorders?
Movement disorders refer to both an excess of movement and a deficit of movement. There are many different types of movement disorders. They are neurological conditions that affect different parts of the body causing unusual movements that may be involuntary or voluntary. Some movement disorders include Parkinson’s, ataxia, Huntington’s disease, and Tourette’s syndrome.
What are the symptoms of movement disorders?
There are many different movement disorders each of which has its own set of symptoms or characteristics. Movement disorders affect the speed of movement by making them faster or slower in some cases, the fluidity with which someone can move and the ease with which they can move. Other symptoms particular to the disorders include tremors and twitching, twitching and tics.
Movement disorders refer to both an excess of movement and a deficit of movement.
What causes movement disorders?
Movement disorders are neurological conditions, most often caused by a defect in a particular area of the brain or at the base of the brain (cerebellum). These defects often have a genetic component, but unusual movements can also be caused by stress, drugs, alcohol use and chronic illness. Some disorders, such as Parkinson’s, are called neurodegenerative conditions and these are usually genetic.
How are movement disorders treated?
Movement disorders are usually treated by medication and drug therapy. As there are many different types of movement disorders, each needs the correct clinical diagnosis and treatment is prescribed for each individual case. Some movement disorders have been treated by using therapies that use electrodes to stimulate the affected areas of the brain.
Specific diets and nutrition have also been shown to be helpful for movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Exercise can help prevent the patient from losing muscle mass and can also improve mobility.