Do you know what Ataxia is?
Yesterday, 26th September, was Ataxia International Awareness Day.
A recent poll showed that only 10% of the UK population have heard of ataxia, and Ataxia UK want to change this.
The NHS list the following symptoms for Ataxia, with it being able to affect any aspect of the body:
- balance and walking
- tasks that require a high degree of control, such as writing and eating
What cause Ataxia?
Ataxia usually results from damage to a part of the brain that controls movement and coordination, but it can also be caused by damage to other parts of the nervous system.
This damage can be part of an underlying condition such as Multiple Sclerosis or Cerebral Palsy. It can be caused by a head injury or lack of oxygen to the brain.
Hereditary ataxia is caused by a faulty gene passed on by family members, who may or may not be affected.
Ataxia: What's That? booklet provides a much more in-depth look at the condition.
Ataxia is a rare group of neurological conditions that affect (amongst other things) balance, coordination, and speech. There are many different types of ataxia that can affect people in different ways.
The condition doesn't discriminate. It can affect anyone, of any age. Studies suggest there are around 10,000 people living in the UK with a form of ataxia. Some forms of ataxia are treatable, but in most cases there is still no cure.