Movement Disorder Treatment in Dubai

Movement disorders are a group of brain and nerve conditions that cause abnormal movements. This can be due to damage or malfunction of the central nervous system or peripheral nervous system. Movement disorders can be a result of an underlying disease too. Movement disorders include a wide variety of conditions with a wide variety of symptoms.

The treatment of movement disorders includes the use of pharmacotherapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. If you are seeking movement disorder treatment in Dubai for your child, you can reach out to Dr Arif Khan, the best pediatric neurologist in Dubai.

What are the different types of Movement Disorder?


Ataxia refers to the disturbance in the smooth, accurate and coordination of movements. The most prevalent causes of acute ataxia in children are excessive drug ingestion, drug intoxications, and post-infectious cerebellitis.


Chorea occurs as a symptom of a neurologic injury in children. it can be caused by:

  • A head trauma
  • Brain injury at birth
  • Toxic reaction to medications
  • Genetic disorders
  • Syndenhams Chorea



Dystonia is characterized by sustained muscle contractions producing repetitive, twisting, and patterned movements. Other symptoms include:

  • Involuntary turning or twisting of the neck
  • Slurred speech, drooling
  • Difficulty swallowing

 The most common cause of dystonia in children is Dyskinetic cerebral palsy. Other possible causes include autoimmune disorders, stroke, metabolic disorders, toxins, stroke, and certain medications.

Tic Disorders

Tic Disorders are neurological conditions characterized by repetitive, involuntary muscle movements and sounds. With tic disorders, a child will feel the need to perform unusual acts, such as blinking, sniffing, or making sounds. This is the most common of movement disorder that presents to a neurologists clinic.

Juvenile Huntington’s disease

Huntington’s disease is a rare neurodegenerative disease characterized by motor, cognitive and psychiatric symptoms. In this condition, children may begin to struggle to perform tasks they had mastered before, such as writing, counting, etc. 


There are several treatment options for children with a range of movement disorders. Generally, the treatment is primarily focused on relieving the symptoms, but it also may include an attempt to reduce the frequency of these episodes. The movement disorder treatment in Dubai varies for every child  depending on their age, type of movement disorder, and severity of the condition. The treatments include: 

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech-language pathology.
  • Behavioral or habit reversal therapy
  • Injections and medications.


Dr. Arif Khan is a qualified and experienced specialist in movement disorder treatment in Dubai. He is also credited with founding the first comprehensive children’s neuroscience center in the region. With a dedicated team of specialists, he monitors the health progress of children and provides the latest therapies for the optimal health of children.