Movement Disorders

Movement disorders interfere with a person’s ability to control their muscles. Some cause excessive movement, such as Tourette syndrome, Huntington’s disease and dystonias. Others limit physical movement, such as Bell’s palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Parkinson’s disease involves both involuntary and restricted movements.



Summary Dystonias are movement disorders in which sustained muscle contractions force the body into twisting or repetitive movements, or unusual postures. These movements are involuntary and can affect any part of the body. Dystonias are sometimes progressive, meaning they become worse over time, and can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life. Dystonia can be classified …

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Bell's Palsy

Bell’s Palsy

Also called: Facial Palsy, Facial Paralysis Summary Bell’s palsy is a temporary paralysis or weakness that usually occurs on one side of the face when there is damage to facial nerves. The condition may also be referred to as acute idiopathic facial palsy or Bell’s palsy syndrome. Bell’s palsy is the most common cause of …

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Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome -Causes, Signs and symptoms

Also called: TS, Tourette Disease, Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome, Tourette Disorder Summary Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary and repetitive movements and utterances. These may consist of jerking the head, shrugging shoulders, blinking eyes, uttering sounds or explosive vocal outbursts. Named after George Gilles de la Tourette, the French neurologist who first described …

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Parkinson Disease

Parkinson’s Disease – Causes, Signs and symptoms

Summary Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive disease that causes several characteristic symptoms, including tremors, slowness of movement and rigidity. As symptoms progress, patients with Parkinson’s may have difficulty performing basic tasks, including talking and walking. Parkinson’s disease is the result of the gradual destruction of cells in the brain responsible for producing and releasing …

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Paralysis – Causes, Types, Treatment and prevention

Summary Paralysis is the loss of movement in one or more body parts. It may be a symptom of a disease of the nerves or muscles or injury to the brain or spine. In some cases, paralysis is also accompanied by the loss of sensation in the affected area. Patients experience varying degrees of paralysis …

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