Tics, Spasms & Tourettes

Tics and Tourettes cause fast, jerky movements that can be simple (affecting one body part) or complex (affecting multiple body parts).  These usually will affect children or younger adults.  These do not have to be treated unless the patient finds the movements to be bothersome.  Treatment can involve certain medications, but there can also be some behavioral techniques that can be used as well.

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Types of Tics, Spasms & Tourettes

  • Hemifacial spasm: Hemifacial spasm is a nervous system disorder in which the muscles on one side of your face twitch involuntarily.
  • Restless Legs Syndrome: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, usually because of an uncomfortable sensation. It typically happens in the evening or nighttime hours when you’re sitting or lying down. Moving eases the unpleasant feeling temporarily.
  • Akathisia: Akathisia is defined as an inability to remain still. It is a neuropsychiatric syndrome that is associated with psychomotor restlessness.
  • Tourettes Syndrome: Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by sudden, repetitive, rapid, and unwanted movements or vocal sounds called tics.
  • Benign Motor Tics
  • Tardive Tics

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