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Dystonia is a movement disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions and spasms. Opposing muscles often contract at once, forcing the affected body part into repetitive and even violently twisting movements or awkward, irregular postures that may be uncomfortable and painful.

The Northwestern Medicine Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Clinic offers a comprehensive, individualized treatment approach that addresses the many challenges associated with dystonia, including:

  • Involuntary movements
  • Contractions and muscle tightness
  • Uncontrollable blinking
  • Face or voice symptoms

A treatment plan may include:

  • Botulinum toxin
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Stress management
  • The use of a splint on the affected body part

Visit the Movement Disorders Clinic Meet Our Dystonia Care Team

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You may be eligible for one of our ongoing clinical trials. Find out how to join a study.


To meet with one of the Northwestern Medicine clinic's movement disorders specialists, call the clinical affiliate practice phone number at 312-695-7950.

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