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Ataxia & Mobility

Not categorized as a disease itself, ataxia is a group of disorders that affect coordination, balance, and speech. Any part of the body can be affected by this condition. Ataxia is a sign of other underlying diseases or disorders that can be categorized into groups based on what causes them or where in the body it effects. While there is no treatment or cure specifically for ataxia, treatment of the underlying cause may resolve the ataxia. 

What are common symptoms of Ataxia?

Common symptoms of Ataxia include, but are not limited to:

  • Lack of coordination
  • Eye movement abnormalities
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble eating / swallowing
  • Heart issues
  • Deterioration of fine motor skills
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Difficulty walking / poor balance
  • Walking like you are physically impaired after consuming alcohol

How does Ataxia affect mobility?

The ataxic gait may include difficulty walking in a straight line, lateral veering, poor balance, widened base of support, inconsistent arm motion and lack of repeatability. Walking independently may seem impossible for those living with ataxia, but with the right mobility device confidence may be restored.

Can TOPRO help those suffering from Ataxia?

The use of a mobility device, like a TOPRO upright walker, may improve mobility by offering balance support and a consistent walking gait while minimizing missteps and veering while walking. TOPRO upright walkers provide users with proper walking posture and needed upper body support.

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The above information is intended for support and resource but does not replace the direction of a medical professional, healthcare provider, therapist, nurse, aide, or any professional training. Prior to purchasing any mobility device to assist with ataxia, it is important to discuss options with medical providers.