What is Ataxia?
Ataxia refers to a group of disorders that affect co-ordination, balance and speech. People with ataxia often have problems with things such as walking, talking, swallowing, writing, and their vision.
There are different types of ataxia and they fall into three main categories:
Inherited – passed on through families and can start in childhood.
Acquired – caused by illness or injury such as brain tumours, stroke, multiple sclerosis and alcoholism.
Idiopathic late-onset cerebellar – where the brain is damaged over time but it’s unclear why.
There is no cure for Ataxia. Some symptoms can be treated with medicine and therapy. However, for most people symptoms get worse and worse, severely affect their ability to walk and talk and can be life limiting.
There are different types of ataxia varying in severity and cause.