North Texas Neurology & Neuropathy
Devanshi Gupta, MD
Neurology & Neuropathy located in Allen, TX
Movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, tremors, and dystonia can disrupt your life or at the very least cause frequent discomfort. Devanshi Gupta, MD, FAAN, FAANEM, of North Texas Neurology & Neuropathy in Allen, Texas, specializes in neurology and several other subspecialties of Neurology. She and her compassionate team offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options in a patient-centered environment. Call or request an appointment online to learn more.
Movement Disorders Q & A
What is a movement disorder?
The term “movement disorder” refers to a variety of neurological conditions or diseases that cause abnormal, increased movements of different parts of your body. These excessive movements may be voluntary or involuntary. Movement disorders may also reduce or slow movements in some areas of your body.
The most common movement disorders include:
- Dystonia or cervical (neck) dystonia: causes involuntary muscle contractions that cause you to twist or move repetitively
- Multiple system atrophy (MSA): a progressive disease affecting many brain systems; causes one of the other movement disorders, lowers blood pressure, and impairs bladder function
- Ataxia: impairs movement, speech, or balance
- Parkinson’s disease: causes tremors, stiffness, and decreased movements that get progressively worse over time
- Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP): impairs balance, walking, and eye movement
- Essential tremor: causes involuntary rhythmic shaking of body parts
- Corticobasal degeneration (CBD) is a rarer type of movement disorder. CBD is a progressive disease that causes deterioration and cell loss in specific areas of the brain. It usually begins with motor abnormalities in one leg or arm and eventually spreads to all of your limbs.
Who is at risk for movement disorders?
In many cases, movement disorders are inherited genetically. In other cases, you may develop a movement disorder after a physical injury that caused extensive pain or nerve damage. For some adults who develop movement disorders, the neurological issues accompany chronic pain syndromes.
You may also be at risk for one of these neurological conditions if you:
- As you grow older
- Have a stroke
- Are exposed to environmental toxins
- Take certain medications
- Have a metabolic disorder like hyperthyroidism
How are movement disorders treated?
The treatment for these neurological conditions depends on your specific cause and type of movement disorder.Dr. Gupta focuses her treatment on minimizing your symptoms and improving your overall quality of life.
Your treatment plan may include medications and therapies, as well as lifestyle changes. Often, a multidisciplinary approach to neurological disorders is an effective way to manage them.
To learn more about managing movement disorders, call or schedule a consultation online.
North Texas Neurology & Neuropathy proudly serves the neighborhoods of Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Allen, Richardson, and the Greater Dallas Area.