Although people have suffered from dystonia for centuries, the symptoms of this disorder were not identified and given a name until the early 1900s. Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that is less common than Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor.

People diagnosed with dystonia often experience involuntary muscle contractions that force certain parts of the body into abnormal, and sometimes painful, movements or postures. Dystonia can affect any part of the body, including the arms and legs, trunk, neck, eyelids, face or vocal cords.

When these involuntary muscle contractions interfere with normal function, dystonia can lead to impairments, causing patients to find walking, writing or speaking difficult. In general, however, patients with dystonia experience no impairment of cognition, strength, or the senses, including vision and hearing.

The Dystonia Foundation offers additional details about the condition and information about support networks for people diagnosed with dystonia. Learn More about the Dystonia Foundation »

If you think that you or a loved one might be exhibiting some of the symptoms of dystonia and would like to make an appointment with a UCNI physician, please have the following information available when you contact us:

• Name
• Address
• Daytime phone number
• Insurance coverage – name of the company, your insurance plan number
• Diagnosis or symptoms – the nature of the problem
• Tests you have undergone
• Medical treatments or surgery you have undergone for this condition

More information about all movement disorders can be found here »