Spino-Cerebellar Ataxia 3(SCA3) - Machado-Joseph Disease
Treatment and Management of Ataxia
There is currently no cure for ataxia but number of treatments are available to manage the symptoms associated with Ataxia.
Symptoms of ataxia include motor imbalnce, muscle spasms, tremors, bladder problems, abnormal eye movements and depression and your Neurologist should be able to advise you on the treatment options.
Physiotherapy and Speech Therapy
Physiotherapy and strengthening exercises can improve imbalance and gait issues by preventing loss of strength and preserve mobility.
Speech therapy has also proved effective in helping patients with speech problems.
Exercise and Physical Activity
There is a good evidence to suggest that patients who are physically active and exercise can better cope with the disease than those who live sedentary lives.
New research suggests that exercising legs is crucial for brain health. In fact, exercising leg muscles helps the brain to produce new neurons, the study suggests. The findings help researchers to better understand the progression of neurological and motor neuron diseases.
For instance, some studies have shown that exercise can induce neurogenesis — meaning that it can help the brain to form new nerve cells —and could potentially counter the effects of nreuodegenerative diseases to some extent.
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