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What is a spastic gait?

What is a spastic gait?

Gait: A spastic gait is a very stiff sometimes robotic looking walk where the patient has difficulty coordinating the leg movements. The gait typically has a "jerky" movement and it varies depending on severity of the spasticity. ...Read more

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Gait (Definition)

Gait is the way locomotion is achieved using our limbs. Gait is defined as "bipedal, biphasic forward propulsion of center of gravity of human body, in which there is alternate movements of different segments of the body" . Different gaits are characterized by differences in limb movement patterns, overall velocity, forces, ...Read more


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What is spastic?

What is spastic?

See below: A muscle that is spastic has increased muscle tone and resists movement. This may cause problems with using the arms and hands and walking. Spastic muscles are a sign of a central nervous system disorder, a process in the brain or spinal cord or both that causes this abnormal muscle tone. Seen in brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, ms, ALS and other conditions. ...Read more

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What is spastic paraplegia?

What is spastic paraplegia?

See below: Paraplegia refers to weakness or paralysis of the lower extremities. Spastic refers to the tone of the muscle which is abnormally increased. Spastic paraplegia occurs when there is damage to either the spinal cord, brain or both. There are many causes including trauma, infections, vascular problems, and toxins. ...Read more

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What is spastic hemiparesis in children?

What is spastic hemiparesis in children?

One side affected: This generally refers to a disorder of strength and mobility involving one side of the body.The limbs are stiff and movement is difficult but possible.Hemiplegia would mean the side is essentially paralyzed. It is often the result of pre-natal brain injury/stroke and more often found in premature infants. ...Read more

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What is a pain contract?

What is a pain contract?

Pain contract: It is a binding document where you will follow the rules of engagement for the management of your pain. Shows your commitment and the seriousness of your doctor to take care of your pain. Gives you guidelines of how and where to get or not to get pain medications, screening for use or abuse of medications, which allows for close monitoring. ...Read more

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What is torsion dystonia with phycogenic movement? Is it neurologic or phycological? What treatment is available

What is torsion dystonia with phycogenic movement? Is it neurologic or phycological? What treatment is available

? psychogenic ?: Torsion dystonia is a muscle disorder that can occur from many different causes. It can occur in degenerative disorders such as parkinsonism, huntington disease, wilsons, etc. It can occur due to medication effects especially major tranquilizers. It can be just a episodic event in some your people without definable cause. It can be either the cause for or the result of emotional stress. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between cerebral palsy and a spastic hemiparesis?

Is there a  difference between cerebral palsy and a spastic hemiparesis?

Categorical : "cp" is a group of chronic motor impairments defined by functional limitations in mobility & hand use from neurological dysfunction, not by underlying cause.Impaired control of movement & posture appears early in life, usually from prenatal brain malformation or injury. Spastic=increased muscle tone with decreased voluntary movement hemi-one-sided paresis-weakness is a form of cp. ...Read more

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What is a periodic limb movement disorder?

What is a periodic limb movement disorder?

PLMD RESTLESS LEG: Plmd is repetitive twitchings or kicking usually q 20 -40 sec. Of lower extremities during sleep which patients are unaware of.In RLS there is acreeping or crawling sensation when reclining, followed by kicking, streching the extremities, so sleep problem follows. ...Read more

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What is a physiatrist?

What is a physiatrist?

MD in rehab: A physiatrist is a medical doctor who has specialized in physical medicine and rehabilitation. They typically diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions, such as sports injuries, arthritis, or low back pain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: spastic diplegia?

What is the definition or description of: spastic diplegia?

Leg weakness : Weakness of the lower extremities associated with a great deal of spasticity can occur often as a result of cerebral palsy, a name given to a myriad of neurological signs and symptoms related to birth injury . The symptoms are non progressive and may improve with rehab. ...Read more

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What exactly is a urinary spasm?

What exactly is a urinary spasm?

Unclear but,: Urinary bladder spasm is a known condition for people with bladder irritation and is common in patients who have a urinary catheter. It means the bladder contracts (spasms, cramps) which causes pain. Also, ureter spasms develop in people who have ureteric stones. ...Read more

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What is a foot chiropractor called?

What is a foot chiropractor called?

Foot chiropractor: I am not sure if a chiropractor treats only feet. For a foot problem I would see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What is a neuroleptic?

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What is a neuroleptic?

Neuroleptic: Another term for antipsychotic, which is a medicine used to treat psychotic symptoms in schizophrenia, bipolar do, psychotic depression, as well as other conditions such as tourette syndrome, pervasive developmental disorders, & off-label use in dementias. ...Read more

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What is functional paresis?

What is functional paresis?

Terminology: The term functional is sort of slang for "non-organic" and paresis refers to weakness, so the combination suggests non-neurological or untrue weakness and implies an underlying psychological or psychiatric causation. ...Read more

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Leg shakes when heel is raised. Is this a kinetic tremor or clonus?

Leg shakes when heel is raised. Is this a kinetic tremor or clonus?

More likely clonus: A kinetic tremor refers to a tremor present during activity and usually signifies cerebellar dysfunction. If that were so then one would expect similar complaints from the corresponding arm. Clonus refers to an increase in tone in the affected limb causing rhythmic flexion and extension at the ankle although it can occur less commonly at the knee. A good h&p can sort out the difference. ...Read more

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What is a footdrop?

What is a footdrop?

Footdrop: Footdrop is weakness of the dorsiflexors of the ankle usually the anterior tibial muscle most commonly caused by entrapment of the peroneal nerve at the fibular head. ...Read more

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What is the definition of spastic paraplegia?

What is the definition of spastic paraplegia?

SPASTIC DIPLEGIA: Spastic paraplegia means weakness in all four limbs, but legs are weaker than the arms, spasticity will be more obvious in legs rather than arms, spastic paraplegia or also called diplegia is common in premature babies who have complication of prematurity like intraventricular hemmorhage which leads to white matter changes around the midline in the brain which controls the motor function of the le. ...Read more

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What is a muscle spasm?

What is a muscle spasm?

Muscle Spasm: A sudden tightening of any muscle is a muscle spasm. This can be caused by excessive use or electrolyte abnormalities. ...Read more

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What is a Muscle spasm?

What is a Muscle spasm?

Irritated Muscle: Generally a muscle spasm is an irritation of that muscle. Sometimes this results in an abnormal continuation of muscle tension that results in pain longer than expected. Muscle spasms have a reason, its your body's way of telling you not to do what you just did. ...Read more