What Are Intention Tremors?

“Cerebral palsy” actually describes a spectrum of disorders that result from damage to the brain before or shortly after birth. Certain forms of cerebral palsy, including ataxic cerebral palsy, can make it difficult for individuals to control their movements, especially fine motor skills. This disability often causes issues known as intention tremors, which appear whenever the affected person tries to utilize fine motor movements. These uncontrollable tremors can render it almost impossible to perform everyday tasks, potentially leaving a person completely disabled.

Common Characteristics of Intention Tremors

A child suffering from ataxic cerebral palsy may suffer several different motor control problems, but intention tremors are among the most prevalent concerns. Intention tremors can manifest in the following ways:

  • Shaking may be minor when beginning an action requiring fine motor skills
  • As the individual proceeds with the action, the tremor typically becomes increasingly worse
  • The longer or more precise the action is, the more severe the tremor appears

Children with ataxic cerebral palsy may receive drug therapy to momentarily calm these tremors. However, because of the frustrations associated with intention tremors, children may be more hesitant to refine certain fine motor skills in fear of having these tremors happen. As a result, drug treatments for ataxic cerebral palsy may need to be coupled with significant physical therapy.

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If your child has developed cerebral palsy because a medical practitioner caused him or her to suffer a birth injury, we may be able to assist you with the process of filing for compensation for your child’s disability expenses. For more information about your options, contact the attorneys of the Driscoll Firm at (800) 900-7704 today.


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