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For some patients, medications improve their dystonia symptoms. In more severe cases, surgery may be an option to disable or regulate certain brain regions or nerves.
Dystonia cannot be cured, but treatment can improve some of your symptoms.
Dystonia Treatment in Burlington, VT
Dystonia treatment options at Fletcher Allen include:
Some forms of dystonia, particularly those diagnosed early, respond to medications. Those may include:
Botox (Botulinum Toxin)
Botox injections into certain muscles may reduce or eliminate your muscle contractions. Botox lasts about three months before you need another injection. Botox has some side effects, but they are generally mild.
There are quite a few oral medications for dystonia treatment. Most act on neurotransmitters involved with muscle movement.
(Deep Brain Stimulation) for Dystonia
DBS is surgical implantation that uses electrical pulses to your brain to help control your muscle contractions. Neurosurgeons begin by implanting electrodes into a certain part of your brain. The electrodes are connected to a generator implanted in your chest that sends the electrical pulses to your brain. DBS settings may be adjusted as necessary for your specific condition.
Various forms of therapy may improve your symptoms, such as:
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Sensory Trick - People with dystonia may reduce their muscle contractions by touching the affected body part.
Find a Fletcher Allen Health Care physician or call 802-847-4590.