How is ataxia treated?

There is no cure for ataxia, but there are symptomatic treatments. The treatment depends on each person’s individual symptoms. The goal of treatment is to manage symptoms to improve comfort and mobility.

Medicines can help manage symptoms like tremors and dizziness. They can also control muscle problems that affect organs including the bladder, heart, and eyes.

Physical, speech, and occupational therapies can also help manage symptoms. Physical therapy and specialized exercises are vital to help maintain balance and mobility, and to learn new ways to do everyday activities. People with ataxia may need a cane, walker, wheelchair, or motorized scooter to move around more safely and easily.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 03/16/2018.

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