Living Well with Dystonia

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Living Well with Dystonia

A Patient Guide

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Comprehensive information for patients with dystonia and the people close to them.

You can live well with dystonia. This empowering and encouraging resource and tool, written for both individuals with chronic condition and their families, provides an overview of a variety of dystonias, (including cervical dystonia, spasmodic dysphonia, and writerÌs cramp) and the breadth of treatment options available, as well as practical advice for improving quality of life.

Written by three acclaimed neurologists, Living Well with Dystonia will help you:

  • Understand your specific dystonia and how it progresses
  • Determine the best treatment approaches
  • Alleviate symptoms with rehabilitation exercises
  • Address the √èhidden symptoms√ì such as social embarrassment


Product Details

  • Publication Date March 15, 2010
  • Page Count 164
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603231

About The Author(s)

Daniel Truong MD

Daniel Truong, MD is a neurologist and movement disorders specialist. He is currently director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Institute in Long Beach, CA. He has conducted active research in the management of movement disorders, including spasmodic torticollus and other forms of dystonia. He is a pioneer in the use of botulinum toxin to manage this condition, and has lectured worldwide on the management of movement disorders.

Mayank Pathak MD

Mayank Pathak, MD is a neurologist with a special interest in the neurologic rehabilitation of movement disorders and a speaker for the National Spasmodic Torticollis Association.

Karen Frei MD

Karen Frei, MD is a neurologist specialized in the field of neurogenetics, and has conducted clinical trials on a number of movement disorders, including spasmodic torticollis.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Overview of Dystonias
3 Genetics of Dystonias
4 Causes of Dystonias
5 Blepharospasm and Meige Syndrome
6 Spasmodic Dysphonia
7 Writer's Cramp and Occupational Dystonias
8 Paroxysmal Dystonias
9 Generalized Dystonias
10 Pharmacologic Treatment
11 Chemodenervation/Botulinum Toxin
12 Deep Brain Stimulation
13 Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis
14 Coping
15 Rehabilitation Exercises