by Sarah Gannon
Deep Brain Stimulation has been used since the late 1990s to treat things like tremors and Parkinson’s disease, but now the treatment is expanding to conditions like epilepsy and dystonia. iving with a movement disorder such as Parkinson’s Disease or tremors can make doing simple tasks such as eating and writing very difficult. “These are movement disorders that are caused by abnormal oscillation or abnormal rhythms in the brain,” said Dr. Bryan Klassen, a Mayo Clinic Neurologist. While there is no cure for these types of diseases, Deep Brain Stimulation can improve the quality of life for someone living with a movement disorder. “It’s an electrical therapy that allows us to put signals into the brain to combat or treat abnormal signals that are present in some disease states such as tremors, Parkinson’s disease or even dystonia,” said Dr. Klassen.
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Context: Bryan Klassen, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic neurologist. Deep brain stimulation involves implanting electrodes within certain areas of your brain. These electrodes produce electrical impulses that regulate abnormal impulses. Or the electrical impulses can affect certain cells and chemicals within the brain.
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