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Conventional Treatments


  • Botulinum Toxin
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Injected Medications
  • Non-drug Therapy
  • Oral Medications
  • Surgery

While so called natural, or alternative treatments for dystonia can be helpful, they should always be used in conjuncture with conventional medicine. In any treatment plan the body, mind, and emotions should all be focused on, making sure that not only the body is getting therapy and medicine of some sort, but the person does not feel hopeless and keep their spirits as high as possible. You must also make sure you find a doctor that you feel comfortable with, and is very experienced and well-trained. Medical treatments for dystonia have improved in recent years, due very much to how responsive patients have been to botulinium toxin injections (Botox), and deep brain stimulation. Surgery is also an option, but it is usually not considered except for certain types of dystonia, and if all other treatments have failed.

There are also many effective drugs that are commonly used for dystonia, mainly drugs that affect the neurotransmitter chemicals.These are broken up into a few main groups:

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Ryan posted on June 13, 2010 Article Rating

When do symptoms of dystonias occur?

In some individuals, symptoms of a dystonia appear in childhood, approximately between the ages of 5 and 16, usually in the foot or in the hand. In generalized dystonia, the involuntary dystonic movements may progress quickly to involve all limbs and the torso, but the rate of progression usually slows noticeably after adolescence.

For other individuals, the symptoms emerge in late adolescence or early adulthood. In these cases, the dystonia often begins in upper body parts, with symptoms progressing slowly. A dystonia that begins in adulthood is more likely to remain as a focal or segmental dystonia.

Dystonias often progress through various stages. Initially, dystonic movements are intermittent and appear only during voluntary movements or stress. Later, individuals may show dystonic postures and movements while walking and ultimately even while they are relaxed. Dystonic motions may lead to permanent physical deformities by causing tendons to shorten.

In secondary dystonias due to injury or stroke, people often have abnormal movements of just one side of the body, which may begin at the time of the brain injury or sometime afterward. Symptoms generally plateau and do not usually spread to other parts of the body.

Are there any treatments for dystonias?

No one treatment has been found universally effective. Instead, physicians use a variety of therapies aimed at reducing or eliminating muscle spasms and pain.

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Retta Beery posted on June 03, 2010 Article Rating