Clinical Review of Physical Therapy Intervention for Ataxia
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In the article the clinical activity of a physical therapist for patients with ataxia. Analyzed the causes of ataxia, physical examination of patient and rehabilitation interventions in this pathology. Ataxia – (from the Greek α- [means denying] and τάξις order) means a violation of the coordination of voluntary movement, is a neurological symptom. Ataxia is a non-specific clinical manifestation, which indicates that the dysfunction of the nervous system, namely the ability to co-ordinate voluntary motions (for example, cerebellum). Codes of the International classification of functions, disability and health (ICF): b750 (Motor reflex functions), b755 (Involuntary movement reaction functions), b760 (Control of voluntary movement functions), b765 (Involuntary movement functions), b770 (Gait pattern functions). Various means of physical therapy efficiency are confirmed by international surveys of scientific and evidence-based practice, namely: approaches to improve proprioceptive, measures to improve balance, vestibular exercises, approaches to minimized limb ataxia and the use of supportive aids. Separately considered rehabilitative interventions to improve gait in patients with ataxia. Conclusion. The on top of mentioned elements of the physical therapy intervention to help the physical therapist to reduce signs of ataxia and minimize the limited opportunities, which arises as a result of this dysfunction.
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