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Cerebellum has direct influence of ________, posture, muscle tone and _____________.

(1) Equilibrium

(2) initiation and force of movement


Cerebellar Ataxia

Describes loss of muscle coordination (as result of cerebellar pathology) and affects (1) gait (2) posture and (3) patterns of movement and is linked to difficulty initiating movement as well as errors in the rate, rhythm and timing of responses.


Injury to the midline (vermis, paleocerebellum) which underlie what deficits ?

titubation, truncal ataxia, orthostatic tremor, and gait imbalance


Injury to the hemisphere (neocerebellum—right controlling the R side of body and Left controlling left side) contribute to ?

Limb ataxia (eg dysdiadochokinesia, dysmetria, and kinetic tremor), dysarthria, and hypotonia


Injury to the posterior cerebellum (flocculonodular lobe, archicerebellum) influence posture and gait as well as eye movement disorders and cause what deficits?

Nystagmus, vestibular-ocular reflex disruption



Generalized muscle weakness associated with cerebellar lesions



Disorder of the motor component of speech articulation.

Referred to as scanning speak (one-word-at-a-time quality)

Speech pattern typically : slow, may be slurred, hesistant with prolonged syllables and inappropriate pauses.

Word selection and grammar remain intact, but the melodic quality of speech is altered



Impaired ability to perform rapid alternating movements.

Observed in movements such as rapid alternation bt pronation and supination of the forearms.

Movements are irregular, with rapid loss of range and rhythm especially as speed is increased



An ability to judge the distance of range of a movement.

May be manifested by an overestimation (hypermetria) or an underestimation (hypometria) of the required range needed to reach an object or goal


Dyssynergia (movement decomposition)

describes a movement performed in a sequence of component parts rather than as a single, smooth activity.

I.e.—patient asked to touch nose: patient will first flex the elbow, and then adjust the position of the wrist and fingers, and further flex the elbow, and final flex the shoulder



Loss of ability to associate muscles together for complex movments


Gait ataxia

Involves ambulatory patterns that typically demonstrate a broad BOS. Gait pattern typically instead (postural instability), irregular, and staggering with deviations from an intended forward line of progression (veering to one side; swaying or pitching in different directions)

Upright stance stability is often poor and the arms may be held away from the body to improve balance (high guard position)

Stepping patterns are irregular in direction and distance. Initiation of forward progression of a LE may start slowly and then the extermity may unexpectedly be flung rapidly and forcefullly Forward and audibly hit the floor.



Decrease in muscle tone.

Believed to be disruption of afferent input form the stretch receptors and/or lack of cerebellum’s facilitatory efferent influence on the fusimotor system


What may happen in a patient with a cerebellar pathology when test L4 DTR?

Instead of the knee returning immediately to resting position, it may oscillate 6-8 times before returning to rest.



Rhythmic, quick, oscillatory, back and forth movement of the eyes that causes difficulty with accurate fixation and vision and is believed linked to the cerebellum’s influence on synergy and tone of the extraocular muscles.

Typicall apparent as the eyes move away from midline ot fix on an objec in either the Medial or lateral field (ie extremes of temporal or nasal vision)


Rebound phenomenon

Inability to halt forceful movements after resistive stimulus removed; patient unable to stop sudden limb motion (loss of check reflex)

Ie—resistance applied to isometric elbow flexion in midrange. PT lets go and normally the anatogonist (triceps) will “check” or stop the arm from moving, but with rebound phenomenon the elbow moves and pt may hit themselves.



Involunatry oscillatory movments regulating from alternate contractions of opposing muscle groups


Intention tremor (kinetic)

Oscillatory movement during voluntary motion; increases as the limb nears target or speed increases; diminished or absent at rest


Postural (static)

Exaggerated oscillatory movement of the body in standing posture or of a limb held against gravity



Rhythmic oscillations of the head, axial involvement of the trunk