Ataxia In-Clinic Therapy

Ataxia refers to an abnormal gait pattern due to lower extremity weakness, lack of lower extremity range of motion, and/or uncoordinated movements. Common ataxic gait patterns seen are slower cadence than expected for a person’s age, lateral trunk lean, hip circumduction, hip hiking, vaulting, and inadequate dorsiflexion control (“foot drop”). Each of these common ataxic gait patterns is characteristic of specific restrictions and weaknesses in the lower extremities.

Ataxia At-Home Therapy

During your second visit to Physical Therapy, you will be given your own home exercise program with detailed instructions and pictures of stretches and exercises to perform on the days you do not come into the clinic. Because you will only spend 2-3 hours a week in therapy each week, your home exercise program will provide you with the tools to take some of your recovery into your own hands.

Ataxia AKA Impaired Coordination

Ataxia refers to an abnormal gait pattern due to lower extremity weakness, lack of lower extremity range of motion, and/or uncoordinated movements. Common ataxic gait patterns seen are slower cadence than expected for a person’s age, lateral trunk lean, hip circumduction, hip hiking, vaulting, and inadequate dorsiflexion control (“foot drop”).

Slower cadence than expected for age matched peers can be a result of lower extremity pain,

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