CN Physio

Friedreich’s Ataxia

What is Friedreich’s Ataxia?

Friedreich’s ataxia causes nervous system damage and movement problems. It usually begins in childhood and leads to impaired muscle coordination (ataxia) that worsens over time. Friedreich’s ataxia is caused by a defect (mutation) in a gene labeled FXN. Symptoms typically begin between the ages of 2 and 15 years, although they sometimes appear in adulthood. The first symptom to appear is usually gait ataxia, or difficulty walking. People can also experience a loss of sensation in their hands and feet.

What can physiotherapy do for you?

  • Provide support to help you engage in activities around the community e.g. rock climbing, attending the gym etc
  • Help with standing exercises where appropriate
  • Provide support to get equipment necessary to make you as independent as possible
  • Advice on positioning and any supports / splints needed