Neurology Specialists located in Germantown, TN & Southaven, MS
Moment disorders can make it difficult to use your hands, walk, and perform everyday activities. Board-certified neurologist Shiva Natarajan, MD, and his team at Memphis Neurology address a variety of movement disorders at two convenient locations in Germantown, Tennessee, and Southaven, Mississippi. For expert diagnosis and treatment of ataxia, tremor, and other movement disorders, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.
Movement Disorders Q&A
What is a movement disorder?
A movement disorder arises due to a neurological condition. Movement disorders cause your body to move abnormally, such as increased movement or slowed movements. Mild movement changes don’t always interfere with daily activities, but more severe movements can prevent you from functioning to the point of disability.
How can I tell if I have a movement disorder?
Symptoms vary between different types of movement disorders. The most common movement disorders that Memphis Neurology treats include:
Also known as essential tremor, this condition often runs in families. Tremor causes involuntary, rhythmic shaking of the hands, head, or other body parts.
Ataxia symptoms include poor coordination and balance, increased involuntary arm and leg movements, and speech difficulties. It typically arises due to an underlying condition, such as a vitamin deficiency.
Dystonia causes muscle contractions that result in involuntary twisting and turning in the affected areas of the body. Symptoms can manifest in a variety of ways, such as neck twisting, speech difficulties, and spasms around the eyes, jaw, or mouth.
A progressive, genetic movement disorder, Huntington’s disease causes uncontrollable movements known as chorea. It can also lead to cognitive impairment and psychiatric symptoms.
How does a neurologist diagnose movement disorders?
The skilled team at Memphis Neurology perform a comprehensive neurological examination, during which they check your reflexes, observe the way you walk and move, and evaluate your senses.
They may use a diagnostic test called electromyography (EMG), which monitors electrical impulses that travel between your nerves and muscles, or diagnostic imaging such as an MRI to determine the exact cause of your movement symptoms.
Which treatments can address movement disorders?
Once the team at Memphis Neurology completes your evaluation, they design a personalized treatment plan to address your movement disorder. Depending on individual factors, your treatment plan may include:
- Dietary supplements
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medications
- Nerve blocks
- Therapeutic Botox® injections
- Baclofen therapy
The team may also recommend integrative therapies to relieve stress, improve your nutrition, and promote overall health.
If you or someone you love needs safe, effective care for a movement disorder, schedule a consultation with Memphis Neurology. Call the location nearest you or book an appointment online today.