3.  Talk to your physician

Very few people deal with their movement disorder by seeing a movement disorder specialist. More commonly, a general practitioner will either make the diagnosis or refer their patient to a general neurologist, who will then make the diagnosis and plan treatment.

If you're like most patients, you will only see the general neurologist throughout your disease. However, it is important to also consult a movement disorder specialist - a neurologist specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders.

A movement disorder specialist can:

  • confirm the diagnosis of your particular disorder.
  • determine short and long term treatment plans, especially for progressive conditions like Parkinson's disease.

If you are suffering from a movement disorder, discuss treatment options with your doctor, and ask for a referral to a movement disorder specialist near you.