Friedreich’s Ataxia is a serious neuro-muscular disorder that can be debilitating and life-threatening. While there is no known cure for the condition, there are methods that can be utilized to reduce symptoms. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to discuss Friedreich’s Ataxia and how physical therapy can help.
What is Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA)?
Friedreich’s Ataxia is an inherited disorder caused by a gene mutation. The condition is extremely rare – impacting roughly 1 in 50,000 people in the United States. Those who suffer from the condition face many physical challenges. Here are some of the common signs and symptoms that may indicate a diagnosis of the condition:
- Loss of Coordination in the extremities
- Extreme fatigue
- Hearing loss
- Impaired vision
- Serious heart conditions
Physical Therapy for Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA)
Unfortunately, there are no known cures for Friedreich’s Ataxia. However, there are methods for reducing symptoms. A physical therapist can work with you to examine the full extent of your condition. Once an assessment has been made, they can form a strategy unique to your situation with the goal of improving your mobility, range-of-motion, and coordination. While physical therapy is not a “cure” for Friedreich’s Ataxia, it can significantly improve quality of life for patients suffering from the condition.
Physical Therapy in the Twin Cities
At OrthoRehab Specialists, our Twin Cities physical therapy experts can help you regain your mobility and range-of-motion after an injury, condition, or surgery. With nearly three decades of experience, we have the skills needed to help you through the recovery process. We offer direct access to physical therapy for patients in the state of Minnesota. Contact us today to learn more about the care we provide and to set up your appointment at our Edina or Minneapolis physical therapy clinics.
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