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Focal Dystonia in Musicians

 
 

Copyright 2017, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Lie-nemeth, T.
Journal Title: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Date Published: Nov-06
Language: English
Category: Nervous Disorders
Key Words: focal dystonia musician instrumental treatment
Full Citation: Lie-Nemeth, T. J. Focal Dystonia in Musicians. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America 17, no. 4 (November 2006): 781-7.
Full Abstract: In conclusion, musicians' focal dystonia is a significant and potentially career-ending neurological condition of which physiatrists and other performing arts medicine clinicians should be aware. Pathology has been identified in the somatosensory cortex, and in the motor cortex and basal ganglia. Although advances have been made in the elucidating some of the pathologic changes in focal dystonia, better understanding is needed. Current treatments such as retraining, splinting, oral medications, and botulinum toxin injections are limited. Therefore, the ultimate goal for focal dystonia is to prevent this disabling disorder of instrumental musicians.