If a tremor in your hands makes it challenging to brush your teeth or you live with spasms or other abnormal movements, you may have a movement disorder. The board-certified physicians at Bromley Neurology PC in Audubon and Linwood, New Jersey, provide comprehensive exams and testing to diagnose movement disorders and personalized treatment plans to relieve your symptoms and restore your quality of life. Call Bromley Neurology PC today or schedule a consultation online for expert neurological care.
Movement disorders are neurological problems that cause abnormal movement. Depending on the specific disorder, you may show an increase in abnormal movements, or your mobility may be slow or reduced.
Common types of movement disorders include:
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative condition that affects the substantia nigra in the brain, which regulates your motor function. As a result, you develop tremors and experience muscle rigidity and the loss of spontaneous movement.
Over time, the condition impairs your mental reaction time and facial expressions.
Ataxia affects the brain, spinal cord, or brain stem. It causes clumsiness, imbalance, tremors, and reduced accuracy. The disease can be caused by a metabolic disorder or a chemical imbalance in the brain.
Dystonia causes muscle spasms leading to painful, involuntary twisting movements. It’s due to abnormal basal ganglia function. It can affect one part of your body, such as your neck or vocal cords, or it could affect your entire body.
Huntington’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that causes uncontrollable jerking movements in your limbs, trunk, or face. It can also lead to mental health symptoms and reduced cognitive ability.
Tremor disorders cause uncontrollable shaking or trembling. While many movement disorders cause tremors, your doctor may diagnose tremor disorder if another condition isn’t the root cause of your abnormal movements.
The Bromley Neurology PC team begins by reviewing your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. They complete a physical exam and perform in-office neurological function tests to assess your reflexes, grip, and balance.
Your doctor may also order lab tests or diagnostic screenings, such as MRIs, CT scans, or an electroencephalogram (EEG). These tests help them evaluate your brain and nervous system and identify disease indicators.
The doctors at Bromley Neurology PC create customized treatment plans to address your specific needs. Depending on your condition, your program could include:
While some movement disorders don’t have cures, your doctor can help relieve your symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.
Call Bromley Neurology PC today or make an appointment online if you have any movement disorder symptoms. Getting a diagnosis and starting treatment early can help minimize disruption to your life.