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Ataxia

What is ataxia?

Ataxia is a neurological condition characterized by a lack of muscle coordination, leading to difficulties with movement, balance, speech, and sometimes eye movements.

 

It can affect different parts of the body, causing unsteady gait, clumsiness, and difficulties with fine motor skills.

There are several types of ataxia, including:

Cerebellar Ataxia: This is the most common type, resulting from damage or degeneration of the cerebellum, the part of the brain responsible for coordination and balance.

Sensory Ataxia: Caused by damage to the nerves that detect sensations such as joint position and touch, leading to uncoordinated movement.

Vestibular Ataxia: Arising from issues in the vestibular system, affecting balance and spatial orientation.

Physiotherapy for ataxia

Treatment for ataxia focuses on managing symptoms, improving quality of life, and addressing the underlying cause, if possible. 

Physiotherapy for ataxia can include exercises targeting coordination, balance, and muscle strength. Our physiotherapists will put together a Plan of Care designed to tailor to your needs.

Vestibular rehabilitation is specifically for vestibular ataxia, and can include exercises and techniques to improve balance and reduce dizziness.

The effectiveness of treatment for ataxia varies depending on the underlying cause, the type of ataxia, and individual factors. It's important for you to work closely with a healthcare team to determine the best approach for managing your specific symptoms and needs.

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