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Movement disorders

Overview of movement disorders

Diseases marked by uncontrolled or unwanted physical movements are called movement disorders. Your nervous system —brain, spinal cord, and nerves —controls when and how your body moves. Problems with your nervous system or the muscles it acts on can lead to a movement disorder.

Parkinson’s disease may be the best-known movement disorder, but the term covers more than a dozen other conditions, including cerebral palsy, dystonia, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.

At Dignity Health, we care for patients with a range of movement disorders in AZ, CA, and NV, offering them personalized treatment. Find a Doctor to learn more.

Signs and symptoms of movement disorders vary depending on the underlying cause. In general, signs and symptoms of movement disorders include problems with physical coordination, trouble walking, episodes of uncontrolled movements (such as during a seizure), muscle weakness, twitching, or muscle spasm.