Ataxia is a neurological disorder that affects coordination and balance. This condition can be caused by a variety of factors such as genetics, alcohol abuse, head trauma, infections or certain medications. Ataxia can affect people of any age or gender, but it is more commonly seen in older adults. Ataxia patients experience trouble with movements that require precise coordination such as walking, writing, and even speaking. Often patients experience hand tremors and jerky, unsteady gait that can lead to falls and injuries. Ataxia is a progressive condition, which means it worsens over time, causing further disability and impaired mobility. There are several treatment options for ataxia depending on the cause of the disorder. Medications such as gabapentin and memantine may help alleviate the symptoms. Occupational and physical therapy also can help manage the symptoms, as well as assistive devices such as canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. Ataxia is a complex condition that requires careful medical management to avoid complications and promote quality of life. If you are experiencing symptoms of ataxia, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider to determine the appropriate course of treatment. In conclusion, ataxia is a debilitating neurological disorder that affects coordination and balance, leading to further disability and impaired mobility. However, with proper medical management and treatment, patients can lead an active life and improve their quality of life.

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Editor-in-chief: Zheng Jiang, Department of Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Publication Type: Open Access Journal
Description: The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system. Together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses, or mood.