Aimless movements are body movements that are not initiated with any specific purpose or intent by the person. They may be voluntary or involuntary.
Aimless movements can be a symptom of a primary or secondary movement disorder, side effect of a medication, psychiatric disturbance or dementia. Aimless or purposeless movement is therefore a significant symptom requiring evaluation by a physician to determine the origin of the problem. Examples of aimless movements can be tics, hiccups, jerks, spasms, myoclonus, tremor, random movements, repetitive movement, restless movements, and lip smacking,
A thorough evaluation by a physician is required for aimless movement and referral to a specialist will likely be needed. A complete history and physical will be required as well as a number of diagnostic and laboratory studies. The treatment will depend on the diagnosis.
Call your provider:
Whenever someone is manifesting signs of aimless or purposeless movements. It may be an indication of a serious medical or psychiatric problem.
Written by: JC Jones MA, RN Reviewed by: Paul Auerbach, MD Written: November 3, 2007 Last Updated: November 30, 2007 Published By:
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