“An Overview of Movement Disorders,” by Dr. Albert Lee

Movement disorders are a collection of nervous system conditions that lead to unusual involuntary or voluntary movements or slowed and minimized movements. There are many types of movement order. Some of them are listed below.

  • Parkinson’s Disease: One of the most well-known movement disorders, Parkinson’s disease affects nerve cells in the part of the brain that controls muscle movement. Individuals with the disease may suffer from trembling appendages, jaw, and face; slow movement; and inferior balance and coordination.
  • Dystonia: This condition leads to involuntary contractions of the muscles, which can be painful and cause twisting and repetitive motions. The disease can affect all muscles, just one muscle, or a group of muscles.
  • Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS): Individuals with RLS experience an intense desire to move their legs. It manifests from a creeping, tingling, or burning sensation.
  • Huntington’s Disease: An inherited condition, Huntington’s Disease causes nerve cells in the brain to degenerate. Though people are born with this disease, the side effects don’t begin to reveal themselves until mid-age. Symptoms include uncontrolled movements, balance issues, and clumsiness.

About the author: Dr. Albert Lee is a neurologist and the President of Indiana Neurology Specialty Care in LaFayette, Indiana.

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