Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Understanding Focal Dystonia

About one to two percent of professional musicians will develop focal dystonia, potentially ruining their careers. After Parkinson’s disease and “essential tremor,” it is the third most common movement disorder, yet its precise cause remains unknown.

Leon Fleisher, Gary Graffman, Tokyo String Quartet violinist Peter Oundjian and Chicago Symphony Orchestra oboist Alex Klein have all been stymied by this neurological disorder.  Read More