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How We Treat Movement Disorders in Ottawa

In recent decades, there has been significant growth in new diagnostic information, neurosurgical and pharmacological treatments for movement disorders.

This growth has also been accompanied by a greater understanding of impaired motor control function.

At our Ottawa clinic we apply the principles of clinical neuroscience in the treatment of movement disorders based on the concept of neuroplasticity. Read on to learn more about movement disorders and how we treat them.

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Movement Disorders: A Brief Overview

The term "Movement Disorders" refers to a group of neurological conditions that result in abnormal movements, which may be voluntary or involuntary.

These disorders can also cause slow or reduced movements. Below are the some of most common movement condition:

illustration shows movement disorder in brain cellsParkinson’s Disease

This progressive, neurodegenerative condition causes stiffness, tremor, slow decreased movement or imbalance, as well as other non-movement symptoms.

Dystonia

This disorder involves involuntary muscle contractions with repetitive, twisting movements, and may affect the whole body or just a single part of it.

Tremor

A movement condition that results in rhythmic, involuntary shaking of different parts of the body, such as head or hands.

Ataxia

This condition affects the cerebellum, a part of the brain that controls coordinate movement. It may cause clumsy or uncoordinated balance, limb or speech movements and additional symptoms.

Restless Legs Syndrome

A movement disorder that results in abnormal, unpleasant feelings of while relaxing or lying down, often relieved by movement.

animation of woman with tourette syndromeChorea

This disorder is defined by irregular, repetitive and rapid, involuntary spasms that generally involve the trunk, face, mouth and limbs.

Tourette Syndrome

This neurological condition is associated with motor and vocal tics, which manifest before the age of 18.

Huntington’s Disease

An inherited movement disorder that causes impaired cognitive abilities, psychiatric conditions and uncontrolled movements.

Treatments vary by disorder. While medicines can help, the truth is that most movement conditions have no cure.

At our clinic, we provide patients with effective, tailor-made therapies that help improve symptoms and relieve pain associated with movement disorders in Ottawa.

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How We Treat Movement Disorders in Ottawa

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Involuntary movements can result in discomfort and embarrassment, making the day-to-day life extremely challenging.

The good news is, we are knowledgeable and experienced in the identification and treatment of a wide array of neurodegenerative and movement disorders in Ottawa.

Whether you or a loved one is suffering from one of the above mentioned movement disorders, as well as Myoclonus, Tics or any other condition, Broadview Spine & Health Centre is here to help.

Our movement disorder specialists make use of the latest diagnostic tools to examine patients. Depending on the findings, we will design the treatments that suit their needs best.

Most movement disorders are caused by pathological alteration in the basal ganglia, a group of nuclei within the brain that are associated with movement. Depending on the type of condition, we employ different revolutionary, research-based strategies. Our mission is to put our patients on their way to recovery as soon as possible.

Our movement disorder treatments include Mirror Therapy, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Vision Therapy and Transcranial Vagus Nerve Stimulation. The goal is to provide a better quality of life for our patients. If you or someone you care for suffers from a movement disorder, contact the Broadview clinic in Ottawa today.