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Movement Disorders

A movement disorder is when there is an abnormality in a movement.

This may be due to a neurological condition or due to a musculoskeletal injury / problem. Some examples of injuries and problems which can cause musculoskeletal movement disorders are:

  • Muscle imbalance
  • Muscle strain
  • Muscle tear
  • Ligament sprain
  • Joint instability
  • Inflammation and swelling
  • Nerve injury
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fractures – immobilisation for a period of time leads to stiffness
  • Pain

What causes movement disorders?

The causes of movement disorders can be as a result of an acute traumatic injury which leads to structural damage such as a fracture or contusion or due to an overuse / repetitive sprain.

This is where the structures become irritated.

Repetitive injuries can have many symptoms which lead to the development of movement disorders such as

  • nerve injury
  • pain
  • muscle spasm

How can Physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapy is a profession that helps to achieve and maintain functional movement to help improve quality of life. Physiotherapists can help people with movement disorders by:

  • Improving joint range of movement
  • Improving muscle length
  • Improving the quality of a movement
  • Increasing and maximizing independence
  • Improving a person’s gait
  • Decreasing swelling
  • Functional electrical stimulation
  • Pain management strategies
  • Exercises to improve strength

Our senior physiotherapists are experienced at treating these conditions and symptoms through a variety of modalities.

What type of Physiotherapy treatments can be expected for Movement Disorders?

There are a variety of physiotherapy treatments available to those who have movement disorders.

Some of the physiotherapy treatments which could be used includes:

Our senior experienced qualified physiotherapists will work alongside you to formulate a specific individualized physiotherapy treatment programme to meet realistic goals. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.