Involuntary movements, better known as uncontrollable and unintended jerking, tics, or muscle twitches may occur for many reasons. These include nerve damage (which may cause muscle spasms), drug use, tumors, brain injury, stroke, or long-term use of neuroleptic medications. The movements may be minor and infrequent, or dramatic and ongoing. Either way, these uncontrollable movements may be causing you personal anxiety and embarrassment, especially if you don’t know the cause.
Below are five conditions where uncontrollable body movements are characteristic.
Cerebral palsy is often the result of a brain injury or malformation. In most cases, patients with the condition are born with it. However, it can also develop it later in life.
Also called “CP,” the illness can impact:
- Muscle control
- Muscle tone
- Posture and balance
- Fine and gross motor skills
Tardive dyskinesia, or TD, is a neurological syndrome caused by the long-term use of neuroleptic drugs. These medications are typically prescribed by doctors to treat psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety or schizophrenia.
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