Dystonia

Neurological movement disorder

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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.

Symptoms

Cervical dystonia affects nerves supplying the neck and/or shoulder muscles resulting in twisting and repetitive movements. This causes the muscles to be held in abnormal positions that are typically quite painful. In some cases, they may be associated with some tremor.

Another common type of this condition is eye dystonia, known as ‘Blepharospasm’. Eye dystonia is uncontrollable, sustained, and often painful muscle contractions around the eye. Symptoms of this condition may include excessive blinking and involuntary closure of the eyelids.

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Diagnosis

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.

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Treatment

The treatment 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. Results might vary based on the individual case. Our team of doctors have broad experience in injections and can very effectively treat these disabling movement disorders.

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