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Dystonia is a condition that causes sustained muscle contractions triggering twisting and repetitive movements or unintended postures which can also be painful. Dystonia can affect a specific area of the body or be more widespread throughout several muscle groups. Those muscle contractions may also lead to difficulties performing day-to-day activities.
The cause of dystonia is unknown. Dystonia seems to be related to a problem in the basal ganglia. That’s the area of the brain that is responsible for initiating muscle contractions. Movements are often repetitive and cause unusual, awkward and sometimes painful postures. The problem involves the way the nerve cells communicate.
Dystonia affects different people in varying ways. The symptoms can range from mild to severe affecting different body parts that cause muscle spasms and contractions. The spasms and contractions may either be sustained or may come and go.
Dystonia can be classified as primary or secondary. Primary dystonia is inherited, whilst secondary Dystonia is caused by external factors.
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Treatment will vary, depending on the type of dystonia you have and the precise nature of your symptoms. Often there will be a multi-disciplinary approach for your treatment, involving neurologists, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, speech therapists. There are varying types of medicine you may be prescribed; you will work with your movement disorder specialist team to find the best solution for you.
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