What are Movement Disorders?
Movement Disorders are neurological problems in a person’s brain
that cause too much or too little movement. Think about what it
would be like to have part of your body or your entire body, move
all the time—or in other case not move—and you have no control over
it. That’s what people with Movement Disorders deal with every day.
What are the most common Movement Disorders?
Essential Tremor is uncontrolled shaking in a person hands or legs and
in some cases their head nods too and their voice may be shaky. It is often
confused with Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s disease is caused by low dopamine levels in the brain.
People with Parkinson’s have tremors (shaking)’ slowness of movement,
poor balance, rigidity and often shuffle when they walk.
Dystonia is uncontrolled muscle spasms or a part of the body feels as
if it is stuck in an uncomfortable position.
What cause these Movement Disorders?
Movement Disorders are caused by problems in a person‘s brain.
It’s like trying to have a conversation with a friend and your telephone
is not working right. Movement Disorders cause messages sent from the
person’s brain to their muscles to be unclear and jumbled.
Is there a cure for Movement Disorders?
At this time there is not cure for Movement Disorders. However, with
proper treatment, diet and exercise may people lead long, happy lives.
What is Deep Brain Stimulation?
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is brain surgery that can help people with
Essential Tremor, Parkinson’s disease and Dystonia. “Poppo’s Electric Brain,”
is a true story about how DBS gave one Grandfather with a Movement
Disorder a better life.