Tourette syndrome is a nervous system disorder that causes involuntary tics such as blinking or shouting. These symptoms can cause a lot of pain if left unchecked. In this article, we are going to talk about Tourette syndrome – its causes, symptoms, and how medical marijuana can be an effective treatment option.
What is Tourette Syndrome?
Tourette syndrome is a disorder affecting the nervous system that causes a person to make involuntary and repetitive movements and/or sounds, such as:
- Eye blinking
- Shoulder shrugging
- Shouting offensive words or sounds
The exact cause of the condition is unknown – though genetics are thought to play a role. Typically, symptoms begin to manifest in childhood. Sometimes Tourette symptoms dissipate with age, but they may last well into adulthood.
Treating Tourette Syndrome with Medical Marijuana
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Tourette syndrome. However, that does not mean that the symptoms can’t be mitigated. The tics associated with Tourette syndrome can be severe and cause a lot of pain. Tourette syndrome is a chronic condition that can last for many years, or even for the patient’s entire life. Medical marijuana can help reduce the anxiety and stress associated with Tourette syndrome, and also decrease the severity of the patient’s tics.
Minneapolis Medical Cannabis Clinic
At Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN, our pain management physicians are approved to prescribe medical marijuana to Minnesota patients with qualifying conditions. Our doctors are board-certified in pain management and have been providing pain management care to patients throughout Minnesota for the past two decades. We are trained in a wide variety of pain relief treatments – including regenerative medicine techniques (PRP & Prolotherapy), and medical cannabis. If you are suffering from Tourette syndrome, give us a call today to see if medical marijuana can help. Contact us today at our Twin Cities pain clinics (located in Minneapolis and Edina) to set up an appointment with one of our physicians and see if you are a good candidate for medical cannabis.
Matthew Thorson, MD
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