Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Poor Coordination Overview

Another name for Poor Coordination is Clumsiness.

What is clumsiness?
A person with clumsiness has mild weakness or difficulty with coordination. Slowly progressive clumsiness can occur normally with age, but sudden clumsiness may be an underlying sign of a neurological disease. Sudden clumsiness that occurs only in one hand, arm, or leg can be caused by a stroke. Clumsiness in the lower extremities may result in difficulty walking.

What are the symptoms of clumsiness?
Symptoms that may occur with clumsiness on one side of the body include arm numbness, arm weakness, leg numbness, leg weakness, or facial weakness. Additional symptoms that may occur with clumsiness include difficulty swallowing, difficulty speaking, difficulty walking, a change in vision, or loss of coordination.

How does the doctor treat clumsiness?
The treatment for clumsiness depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for sudden clumsiness caused by a stroke may include blood thinner medications, thrombolytic therapy, or surgery. After the stroke, additional treatment may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and rehabilitation.

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