Movement Disorders

Movement Disorders are a broad class of conditions that affect an individual's ability to either initiate or control their movements. This can significantly reduce quality of life and also increase a patient’s risk of injury. 

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What Symptoms Are Associated With Movement Disorders?

Patients suffering from a movement disorder may experience::

  • Loss of Coordination

  • Tremors

  • Muscle Tension

  • Difficulty Walking

  • Loss of Sensation In Part of The Body

  • Musculoskeletal Pain

  • Balance Problems

  • Stiffness

  • Vision Problems

  • Cognitive Deficits

  • Overstimulation

What Causes Movement Disorders?

Movement Disorders can be inherited or acquired. Acquired movement disorders are commonly associated with aging or brain injury.

 

At their root, movement disorders originate from a breakdown in the central nervous system. 

 

Take, for example, someone reaching for a glass of water. In order to produce controlled movements, the brain’s sensory system must be firing correctly and effectively communicate with the brain’s motor system. The motor system must then generate the specific outputs at speed in order to stimulate the right muscles with the correct degree of strength. An error at any of these stages could result in a missed, dropped, or spilled glass.

 

Because movement demands activity from multiple regions of the brain, it is important to identify where a patient’s specific breakdown(s) may be occuring in order to effectively improve function.

Our Approach to Treatment

After being diagnosed with a movement disorder, it is common to undergo generalized rehabilitation in physical and occupational therapies. Upon discharge from outpatient care, patients may still be experiencing symptoms. This is when consulting a specialist like Dr. Keiser may be beneficial.

 

When treating movement disorders, we:

1.Work to understand a patient’s strengths, the root of their movement disorder, and gauge their stamina for rehab through a comprehensive clinical exam

Using the latest in diagnostic technology, we consider each individual component of movement in isolation - vision, vestibular, and proprioceptive input, sensation, motor pathways etc. and how they integrate together. This in-depth exploration often leads to a more precise solution.

 

This extra step often leads to an improvement in symptoms.

 

2. Develop a customized treatment program informed by these findings.

Our approach takes advantage of the central nervous system’s ability to be plastic, to change constructively over time. This allows us to improve brain function through non-invasive, non-pharmacological means. 

 

3.Frequently re-assess and adapt as needed to ensure the best results.

Our goal is to work with our patients to rehabilitate elements of the underlying dysfunction contributing to their symptoms to either eradicate the errors in movement, or at least improve a patient’s quality of life.