Gait and Balance Disorders
Ataxia, Orthostatic Hypotension & Balance Problems

There are a wide variety of gait and balance disorders that can be related to neurological issues.  This can range from cerebellar ataxias, peripheral nerve based sensory ataxias, spinal cord issues causing weakness, spasticity, or sensory issues, and balance issues related to different forms of parkinsonism.  Treatment can vary widely depending on the actual issue, but can involve medications and/or PT and OT.

gait and balance disorders
  • Cerebellar ataxia: Ataxia describes a lack of muscle control or coordination of voluntary movements, such as walking or picking up objects. A sign of an underlying condition, ataxia can affect various movements, creating difficulties with speech, eye movement and swallowing.Persistent ataxia usually results from damage to the part of your brain that controls muscle coordination (cerebellum)
  • Balance problems from neuropathy: People with severe neuropathy typically have trouble with balance and gait, partly because they receive little or none of the sensory information the rest of us get from the plantar surfaces of the feet. That input helps most people manage the body’s ever-swaying center of mass, much of which is controlled at the ankle.

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