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ask a Professional Macie Harris, DPT Q: A: What is “Dyskinesia? Dyskinesia is uncontrolled, involuntary movements of the body. It can affect simply one arm or leg, or can affect the entire body. Dyskinesia can look like writhing, fidgeting, head bobbing, or body swaying. Most of the time these movements are not painful, but can cause interference with daily activities and exercise. Dyskinesia can also cause difficulties in social situations, as others may not know or understand why someone is experiencing these movements. Dyskinesia is highly correlated with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) due to long-term medication use. Parkinson’s Disease causes the brain cells that make dopamine to quit working. To combat this lack of dopamine, the medication Levodopa is given to temporarily restore dopamine levels. Long term use of Levodopa in people who have had PD for several years can cause dyskinesia to occur. Researchers are unsure exactly why dyskinesia develops, but they suspect it may be due to fluctuating levels of dopamine. At this time, there are no therapies or cures for dyskinesia in relation to Parkinson’s Disease, but it appears that keeping dopamine levels consistent throughout the day may significantly help.. Source: Frequently Asked Questions: A Guide to Parkinson’s Disease by the Parkinson’s Foundation. Got a question you want answered? Visit our website or find us on Facebook and submit it today! Sundog Rehabilitation, llC Serving Rapid Valley, Custer and West Rapid locations. 605-787-2719 www.sundogrehab.com - Most Insurance Accepted