Dystonia is a term that refers to a range of movement disorders that can affect the body, forcing it into awkward postures or positions. It is generally uncommon, yet it still affects around 38,000 people in the UK. Dystonia can form on its own, or as a result of another infection or trauma, such as a stroke, brain injury or Parkinson’s disease. The condition is not life-threatening, but it is incurable. Instead the condition must be managed, depending on its location and severity, with a combination of medication to reduce the severity of the spasms, muscle relaxants, physical therapy to trick the body into changing its behaviour, and in the most severe cases, surgery. The newest treatment available is called deep brain stimulation, and involves the implanting of a pulse generator into the brain to help block the abnormal nerve signals.
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