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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, so issues with your nervous system can lead to a movement disorder.
Parkinson’s disease is one of the best known movement disorders, but the term also includes cerebral palsy, dystonia, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.
Would you like to learn more about your options for treatment with movement disorders in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV? Find a Doctor at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals or call (702) 616-4900 to schedule a consultation with a neurologist.
Signs and symptoms of movement disorders vary depending on the underlying cause. In general, they include problems with physical coordination, trouble walking, muscle weakness, episodes of uncontrolled movements (such as during a seizure) twitching, or muscle spasm.
Some movement disorders are passed down through families, such as Huntington’s disease, from a parent through an abnormal gene (a gene mutation). Other movement disorders occur for no known reason. Researchers believe movement disorders may be the result of autoimmune diseases, nervous system injury, infections, or even certain medications.
Here’s what is known about more well-known movement disorders:
Your treatment options for movement disorders depend on the specific defect and disease process. In general, your treatment at Dignity Health will focus on controlling muscle movements like tremors, slowing progression of the disease, and improving your quality of life. Medication, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, as well as surgery, may help you.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers personalized care and treatment for movement disorders in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.