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Movement - uncontrollable
Alternative namesUncontrolled movements; Involuntary body movements; Body movements - uncontrollable
DefinitionUncontrollable movements are slow, twisting, continuous, and involuntary movements of the arms, legs, face, neck, or other parts of the body.
ConsiderationsThis condition is usually a lifelong problem that begins during childhood and is characterized by involuntary neck, face, forearm, wrist, and hand movements. Facial grimaces along with tongue and jaw movements are often associated with involuntary neck movements.
Stress and activity often aggravate this condition, and relaxation and sleep help relieve the problem.
Common CausesIN CHILDREN
Home CareSwimming, stretching, walking, and balancing exercises can help coordination and slow down the deterioration process.
Family support is important, and open discussion of feelings is recommended. Self-help groups are available in many communities, and physical therapy should be sought as necessary.
Call your health care provider if
If there are any persistent involuntary movements that are unexplained, you should call your health care provider.
The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed.
Medical history questions documenting uncontrollable movement in detail may include:
Uncontrollable movements may be treated with various medications. This will be decided by the health care provider based on the constellation of symptoms and signs.
AFTER SEEING YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
You may want to add a diagnosis related to uncontrollable movement to your personal medical record.
Update Date: 5/12/2003Elaine 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