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Understanding Dystonia on the Central Coast


Uncontrolled cramping, tremors, or muscle twitching can be a sign of a neurological condition called dystonia. Dystonia affects muscle movement. Treatment focuses on controlling the symptoms, so you can live life fully.

Our team of neurologists and additional specialists at Dignity Health Central Coast can help identify your dystonia symptoms and offer personal treatment with humankindness. Find a Doctor today to determine if your muscle condition is due to dystonia on the Central Coast of California. We offer our expert neurological care at our seven hospitals throughout the area.

 

Pinpointing Dystonia Causes at Dignity Health Central Coast

There is no single factor that leads to the development of dystonia. Abnormalities in the brain can lead to uncontrolled muscle movement. For example, brain nerve cells may behave differently or you may have changes in chemicals called neurotransmitters that relay information in your brain.

Genetic dystonia occurs when a faulty gene is passed down to you from one or both of your parents. Not all parents, however, pass this gene onto their children.

Acquired dystonia is the result of a brain injury. Exposure to chemicals or medications, traumatic injury, infections, or other health issues that starve the brain of oxygen can lead to acquired dystonia. 

Your doctor will work with you to fully understand the extent of your dystonia symptoms in order to create a treatment plan to improve your health and well-being. Your treatment options may include:

  • Medications to reduce muscle spasms
  • Surgery, such as deep brain stimulation
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy

To learn more about our trusted options for dystonia treatments, reach out to one of our experts today. We can help you take control of your dystonia and overall health.

At Dignity Health, our comprehensive neurological team covers a range of movement disorders, including dystonia, throughout the Central Coast.