Why This New Treatment for Dystonia is Stimulating

People with dystonia, may have a new treatment option: brain surgery.

Sure, it doesn’t sound fun, but according to Dennis Russel, having the procedure for his essential tremor was “a no brainer.”

Deep Brain Stimulation is like a pacemaker for the brain. Those who elect to have the procedure are awake throughout the surgery.


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This is the reaction of any normal person on hearing that news. Source: giphy.com

Yep. Awake.

That way doctors can instruct various movements and see the results while they calibrate the device. There’s even an “on/off switch” of sorts. So, the brain stimulation only has to be used when it’s needed and doesn’t run all the time.

There’s speculation that in addition to dystonia, Deep Brain Stimulation could be used to treat:

  • Parkinson’s disease,
  • depression,
  • and other neurological conditions.

James Ernest Cassady

James Ernest Cassady

Though "Ernest" is a family name that's been passed down for generations, James truly earned his middle moniker when, at the age of five, he told his mother that "laughing is stupid unless EVERYBODY is happy." Since then, the serious little bastard has been on a mission to highlight the world's shortcomings (and hopefully correct them). In addition to his volunteer work at hospitals and animal shelters, James also enjoys documentaries and the work of William Faulkner. He is originally from Oklahoma.

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