There are various types of movement disorders, all of which can be debilitating
and/or disrupt ones everyday life. Movement disorders are neurological
conditions that cause a person to have abnormal voluntary or involuntary
movements, or slow reduced movements. These disorders can be very frightening
for the patient. Our team of experts at SCCNS provides the care and compassion
necessary to help the patient and their families cope with the changes
that are evident with movement disorders. The most common conditions are:
Symptoms of movement disorders vary depending on what type of movement
order the patient has. Unlike other movement disorders such as Parkinson's,
a functional movement disorder is not caused by damage or disease of the
nervous system. It is due to a reversible problem having to do with the
way the nervous system is working. Functional movement disorders may get
better or disappear over time. Some symptoms associated with these types
of movement disorders may include:
- Tremors – when an arm or leg shakes uncontrollably.
- Jerks/Twitches – some people experience jerky type movements. This
may be particularly evident in response to loud noises, certain types
of lighting or sudden pain.
- Spasms / Contractures – some people find that their hands or feet
develop normal postures that are hard to overcome. This may be a temporary
problem or it may be chronic
- Gait problems – Various gait (walking) problems can occur as part
of a functional movement disorder.
Movement disorders such as Parkinson's have other symptoms such as
slow movement, poor balance, tremors, rigid muscles, loss of automatic
movements, changes in speech, dementia in later stages.
Diagnosis is done based on the symptoms of
the patient as well as physical evaluations to rule out other conditions with
similar symptoms. Because many movement disorders are missed diagnosed,
it usually takes a neurological expert trained in movement disorders to
correctly diagnosis and treat the condition. SCCNS is proud to have experts
on staff that deal with movement disorders and have successfully treated
numerous patients this various movement conditions.