Ataxia Treatments

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UT Southwestern Medical Center experts are fellowship-trained in movement disorders and specialize in leading-edge care to treat ataxia.

Customized Treatment Plans

Based on our evaluation, we work with patients to develop a care plan that is specific to the cause of their type of ataxia. After treatment begins, patients have follow-up appointments with their neurologist every four to six months to monitor progress and adjust treatment as needed.

Care plans might include one or more of the following:

  • Medication: Medication can ease symptoms by treating the condition that caused the ataxia. There isn’t one medication that treats all ataxias; the treatment depends on the cause and type of ataxia.
  • Swallowing and speech assessment and therapy: A speech-language therapist can help with slurred speech and swallowing problems ­– two of the most common symptoms of ataxia.
  • Ophthalmological evaluation: An ophthalmologist can provide solutions for blurred vision.
  • Genetic counseling: Genetic testing and counseling is available for people with hereditary ataxia and their family members. Results of genetic testing can help guide family planning for people with hereditary ataxia who are considering starting a family.
  • Physical therapy: People with progressive ataxias often benefit from rehabilitation and exercise to stabilize balance and minimize injury from falls. UT Southwestern’s physical therapists are specifically trained to help patients with ataxia improve their ability to stand, walk, and function independently for as long as possible.