Abasia is a broad term that describes the inability to walk, usually due to motor coordination problems. The word 'abasia' comes from Greek and means 'without step.' People with abasia can have a wide range of disorders that prevent them from walking, including hereditary illness, trauma, and psychological disorders. People with abasia often also have astasis -- the inability to stand up unassisted.
Choreic abasia is an inability to walk due to chorea, an involuntary muscle movement disorder that causes quick movements of the body which the person cannot control. If choreic abasia is severe, the legs may thrash about. Treatment for choreic abasia depends on the cause. Although some medications can help control the involuntary muscular movements, there is no cure.
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