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Movement disorders

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Background

  • Movement disorders are a group of neurological diseases and syndromes affecting the ability to produce and control movement.
  • Movement disorders are conditions of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves throughout the body. Together, they control all the workings of the body including breathing, mood, speaking, learning, swallowing, walking, moving, and seeing.
  • There are more than 600 neurological conditions (movement disorders). Major types include diseases caused by genetics, injuries, seizure disorders, cancer (including brain tumors), and infection.
  • Movement disorders are categorized as neuro-genetic diseases (such as Huntington's disease and muscular dystrophy), developmental disorders (such as cerebral palsy), degenerative diseases of adult life (such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease), metabolic diseases (such as Gaucher's disease), cerebrovascular diseases (such as stroke and vascular dementia), trauma (such as spinal cord and head injury), convulsive disorders (such as epilepsy), infectious diseases (such as AIDS), and brain tumors.
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Risk Factors

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Causes

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Types of Movement Disorders

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Signs and Symptoms

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Diagnosis

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Complications

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Treatment

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Integrative Therapies

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Prevention

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Author Information

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References

Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to www.naturalstandard.com. Selected references are listed below.

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