Movement disorders are neurological conditions that affect the speed, fluency, quality and ease of movements. Mood changes and memory problems can also coexist. In addition, abnormal posture or movement may result in severe pain.
Movement disorders may be severely debilitating and may affect peoples ability to function well and live independently. There are various types of movement disorders and they are often caused by changes in the brain.
At Dementech we takes a multidisciplinary approach, with a focus on providing state-of-the art care for patients with Movement disorders, enabling them to participate in their treatment and facilitate improvement of their symptoms.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive neurological condition characterised by slowness of movement, stiffness, shaking and impaired balance.
Along with these symptoms, people might experience speech problems (softened voice, slurred speech), swallowing problems, bowel and bladder problems, difficulties at night (discomfort in bed, cramps, disturbed sleep pattern) and tiredness during the day.
Skin can become greasy and people might experience excessive sweating. Constipation, bladder and sexual problems are common. People often experience depression, anxiety and memory problems.
Essential Tremor (ET) is considered the most common neurologic movement disorder. ET is a chronic condition characterized by involuntary, rhythmic shaking of a body part, most typically the hands and arms.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder, affecting up to 10% of people in the UK, characterised by an irresistible urge to move to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations.
Dystonias are neurological movement disorders affecting different part of the body, and cause involuntary muscle contractions.
Cervical dystonia is the most common focal dystonia and it affects about 40,000 of people in UK per year.
Huntington’s is an inherited disease that damages some of the nerve cells in the brain, causing gradual loss of function of areas of the brain.
Areas of the brain called the basal ganglia and cerebral cortex, which are involved in the control of movement or behaviour, are especially affected.