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Tic Disorders Specialist

Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology

Pediatric Neurologist & Adolescent Neurologist located in Rocklin, CA & Sacramento, CA

Tic disorders aren’t common, affecting four to eight children out of every 1,000. However, the condition can have a significant impact on a child’s life. The compassionate team at Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology, which includes board-certified pediatric neurologist Ashutosh Raina, MD, provides advanced diagnostic testing and treatment for tic disorder and can develop a treatment plan to improve your child’s quality of life. Call the office in Rocklin or Sacramento, California, or request an appointment online today.

Tic Disorders Q & A

What is a tic disorder?

A tic disorder refers to conditions that cause unexpected and uncontrollable movements, sounds, or twitches. The person with the tic disorder has no control over the movement or sound they make. 

What are the types of tic disorders?

There are three types of tic disorders that are characterized by the types of tics they cause and the duration of the tics. The types include:

Tourette syndrome

To be diagnosed with Tourette syndrome, your child must exhibit at least two motor tics (blinking, shrugging) and at least one vocal tic (humming, throat clearing). Tourette syndrome usually develops before the age of 18, and the tics occur several times daily.

Persistent motor or vocal tic disorder

With persistent motor or vocal tic disorder, your child may have at least one motor tic or one vocal tic. These tics usually occur daily and present before the age of 18. 

Provisional tic disorder

With provisional tic disorder, tics may be motor or vocal and occur on and off for a period of 12 months. This tic disorder also usually presents before the age of 18. 

What happens during a tic disorder evaluation?

Dr. Raina and his team at Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology conduct comprehensive evaluations when you bring your child in for a tic disorder evaluation. During the evaluation, Dr. Raina asks detailed questions about your child’s symptoms, as well as your child’s medical and family history.

He may also perform neurological and cognitive tests, as well as diagnostic tests to assist in confirming or ruling out a diagnosis, as well as ruling out other causes of your child’s tic disorder.

How is a tic disorder treated?

Dr. Raina and the team at Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology develop individualized treatment plans to help you and your child manage the tic disorder. Your child’s treatment plan may depend on the type of tic disorder they have and the severity of the symptoms. Treatment for tic disorders may include cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as prescription medication.

For compassionate care from a team that “practices medicine with a heart,” call Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology, or use the online scheduler to request an appointment.