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Dystonia is an umbrella term for a range of movement disorders. It is a neurological condition, although cognitive function typically remains unaffected. At Dementech Neurosciences, we provide a range of private dystonia treatment options for the five main variations of the condition, helping patients to effectively manage their symptoms and maintain a good quality of life.

Why Choose Dementech For Dystonia Treatment?

  • Same day consultations for early diagnosis
  • Industry-leading technology for a faster diagnosis and more effective treatment
  • In-house team of clinicians specialising in dystonia treatment and symptom management
  • Test results available in as little as 48 hours
  • Prices start from just £250 for a 30-minute consultation
  • Access to specialist neurologists who can treat other conditions related to dystonia, such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Ongoing support for patients and their families
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What is Dystonia?

Dystonias are neurological movement disorders affecting different parts of the body and causing involuntary muscle contractions, some of which are painful. There are five main types of dystonia:

  • Focal dystonia – this type of dystonia affects one part of the body only, with cervical dystonia being a common example (affecting around 40,000 people in the UK)
  • Segmental dystonia – this type of dystonia affects two or more areas of the body that are connected, such as cranial dystonia which can affect the jaw and tongue
  • Multifocal dystonia – this type of dystonia relates to two or more unconnected areas of the body, such as an arm and a leg
  • Generalised dystonia – this affects the trunk of the body and at least two other unconnected areas
  • Hemidystonia – this type of dystonia affects an entire side of the body

In around 90% of cases, the patient will have cervical dystonia (in the neck) or blepharospasm (in the eyelids). Generally speaking, these conditions don’t get worse and no other body parts are affected, though treatment is required. At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treating the symptoms of dystonia with our clinicians and therapists, helping you to mitigate your symptoms and live a high quality of life.

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They have the latest technology in their domain. From the service I obtained they have very professional and experienced staff; kind and more than eager to help.J Murray
I would like to thank all the staff at Dementech, Zobia and Shakeela at the reception provided excellent customer service and care and both are very friendly. Mr. Stelios Kiosses is truly one of the best, he has been very helpful in every way possible. I highly recommended this clinicN Rayes

Same Day Consultations

At Dementech Neurosciences, we always aim to see patients the same day as they enquire about a consultation, allowing a fast diagnosis and effective treatment to begin.

Same Day Assessment

To diagnose dystonia, a number of tests and assessments may need to be carried out. We endeavour to carry out assessments on the same day as your consultation, with results available 48 hours later.

Patient Advisor Consultations

You will be assigned a Patient Advisor who will be able to talk to you in depth about the next steps, as well as provide support to you and your loved ones. They will also answer any questions you may have.

Prices Starting at £250

We offer 30-minute consultations from just £250, and 60-minute consultations from £450. Speak to a member of our team to learn more about our fee structure.

Video Consultations Available

In the event you are unable to come into the clinic for your consultation, we provide video calls via Skype, FaceTime, and Whatsapp. Speak to your clinician to learn more.

Discover More About Dystonia

Dystonia is a group of conditions that each affect the part of the brain responsible for muscle movement, known as the basal ganglia. Ultimately, we don’t know exactly what causes dystonia, though it’s thought to be genetic in some cases. If it’s passed down genetically, or if there is no other known cause, it’s called primary dystonia. Sometimes, dystonia is a symptom of another condition. This is called secondary dystonia.

Secondary dystonia may be caused by:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Wilson’s disease
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Injury at birth
  • Stroke
  • Brain tumour or certain disorders that develop in some people with cancer
  • Oxygen deprivation or carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Infections, such as tuberculosis or encephalitis
  • Reactions to certain medications or heavy metal poisoning

Dystonia can affect one part of your body, two or more adjacent parts, or all parts of your body. The muscle spasms can range from mild to severe. They may be painful, and they can interfere with your performance of daily tasks. Typically, it is a lifelong diagnosis.

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Dystonia Symptoms

Dystonia affects different people in varying ways, with some of the most common symptoms being:

  • Uncontrollable muscle spasms
  • Painful muscle cramps
  • Areas of the body twisting, such as the feet turning inwards or the neck twisting to the side
  • Tremors and shaking
  • Uncontrollable blinking

In some people, symptoms disappear after a short while, but in others, they continue for extended periods of time. Other key things to note about dystonia include:

  • Symptoms can begin in one area, such as your neck, arm or leg
  • Focal dystonia usually begins after the age of 21, and starts in the face, arm or necks and tends to remain in this area
  • Symptoms can occur during specific actions, such as playing an instrument or while writing
  • Symptoms can worsen with anxiety, fatigue, or stress
  • Symptoms become noticeable over time

Areas of the body that Dystonia can affect:

Dystonia can affect one or several areas of the body, with some of the most common types and areas including:

  • Blepharospasm: Involuntary contractions of muscles around the eyes that cause excessive blinking and spasms of eye closure
  • Cervical dystonia: Uncontrollable and often painful muscle contractions in the neck causing awkward postures and discomfort
  • Oromandibular (jaw or tongue): Affects the lower facial and jaw muscles causing difficulty opening or closing the mouth, often affecting speech and chewing
  • Laryngeal dystonia: Affects the vocal cords through involuntary spasms. These involuntary spasms of the vocal cords causes the voice to change in quality
  • Limb dystonia: Causes involuntary movements, cramps or tremor in the hand or arm muscles usually when making hand movements, such as handwriting and playing a musical instrument
  • Foot dystonia: Foot dystonia is uncontrollable and often painful muscle contractions in the foot which causes a twisting or turning of the foot
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Dystonia Diagnosis & Treatment at Dementech

Accurately diagnosing dystonia is essential for the right treatment plan to be put in place. In order for a diagnosis to be made, a neurologist will need to carry out a series of tests and assessments.

At Dementech Neurosciences, our expert neurologists will provide a comprehensive assessment of the type and severity of this movement disorder for your individual case. To ensure an accurate diagnosis, we will test extensively to form a complete picture of every patient’s condition stage. This may include looking at your family history, doing blood and urine tests, and doing a brain scan.

Dystonia Diagnosis & Treatment at Dementech

The treatment for dystonia includes small amounts of fillers that are injected in the muscles. This is done so that they can block nerve signals that tell the muscles to contract. The effect of the treatment is temporary and lasts for about 12 weeks, but results might vary based on the individual case. Botulinum toxin injections are an example.

Patients treated with botulinum toxin injections can feel the effects from three days to two weeks following treatments, with the effects lasting approximately 3 months.

Other types of treatment may include muscle relaxant medications, physiotherapy to improve your movement and posture, and surgery if other types of treatment don’t work.

Technology Used For Dystonia Treatment

In order to find the right type of treatment, it’s important that an accurate diagnosis is made first time. At Dementech Neurosciences, we have access to the highest quality diagnostic equipment, allowing us to carry out in-depth brain scans so we can clearly see the areas of the brain that are affected and if there’s another condition at play.

We also work with a number of leading clinics across London where you can go for blood tests. Using rapid testing technology, we will have the results back within 48 hours.

Combined with the experience of our neurologists, we are able to quickly and accurately diagnose you, as well as identify the extent of your condition and provide access to the most relevant treatments.

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FAQs About Dystonia

I’m claustrophobic. Is there an MRI scan alternative?

Yes, if you need an MRI scan and are claustrophobic, we can offer open or upright MRI scans.

Will I get a copy of my results?

Yes, you will receive a full copy of all of your test results. If you would like a copy of your MRI scan, we can supply a CD.

How quickly can I be seen?

We typically see patients on the same day as their consultation enquiry.

Can you arrange tests?

Yes, our team will arrange all necessary tests for you either before or after your consultation, depending on which is best for you.

What does the consultation entail?

During the consultation, we will first assess you and then send you for any tests you may require. From here, a diagnosis will be made and you will go through your treatment options with your clinician.

If I am seen privately, will I be removed from the NHS waiting list?

No, you will not be removed from the NHS waiting list if you undertake treatment at Dementech Neurosciences.

Do you offer video calls?

Yes, we offer video calls via Skype, Whatsapp, and FaceTime if you’re unable to make it into the clinic for your appointment.

Do you provide finance?

No, we do not offer finance plans at the moment and require all fees to be paid upfront.

How quickly can we get an MRI, blood test, and other testing done?

Tests are carried out within 48 hours of being arranged, with results available 48 hours after.

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