Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

There's no treatment specifically for ataxia. In some cases, treating the underlying cause resolves the ataxia. In other cases, such as ataxia that results from chickenpox or other viral infection, it's likely to resolve on its own over time. Your doctor may recommend adaptive devices or therapies to help with your ataxia.

Adaptive devices

For ataxia caused by conditions such as multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy, ataxia might not be treatable. In that case, your doctor may be able to recommend adaptive devices. They include:

  • Canes or walkers for walking
  • Modified utensils for eating
  • Communication aids for speaking

Therapies

You might benefit from certain therapies, including:

  • Physical therapy to help you build strength and enhance your mobility
  • Occupational therapy to help you with daily living tasks, such as feeding yourself
  • Speech therapy to improve speech and aid swallowing
Mar. 29, 2014