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Movement - uncoordinated
Alternative namesLack of coordination; Loss of coordination; Incoordination and irregularity of voluntary movements; Coordination impairment; Ataxia; Clumsiness
DefinitionUncoordinated movement is an abnormality of muscle control or an inability to finely coordinate movements, resulting in a jerky "to-and-fro" unsteady motion of the trunk or the limbs.
Smooth graceful movement results from a fine balance between opposing muscle groups. This balance is coordinated by a portion of the brain called the cerebellum.
Diseases that damage the cerebellum, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves (which connect from the cerebellum to the muscle groups) can interfere with the fine tuning of muscular movement and result in coarse, jerky, uncoordinated movement. This condition is called ataxia and is easily seen in the jerky "to-and-fro" motion of the trunk and unsteady gait of an affected person.
Home CareTake safety measures around the home to compensate for difficulties in mobility that are inherent with this problem. For example, avoid clutter, leave wide walkways, and avoid throw rugs or other objects that might cause slipping or falling.
Other family members should encourage the affected person to participate in normal activities. Family members need to have extreme patience with people who suffer from poor coordination. Take time to demonstrate ways of performing tasks more simply, and taking advantage of the afflicted person's strengths while avoiding weaknesses.
Call your health care provider if
The medical history will be obtained, and a physical examination performed. In emergency situations, the patient will be stabilized first.
Medical history questions documenting uncoordinated movement in detail may include:
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:
After seeing your health care provider, you may want to add a diagnosis related to uncoordinated movement to your personal medical record.
Update Date: 5/8/2003Elaine T. Kiriakopoulos, M.D., M.Sc., Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University, Boston, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT