Patient reviews for Doctors for Spinocerebellar Ataxia in Jammu
Bala Devi's review for Dr. Davinder Singh Rana
Doctor was very supportive. Listened to the problems carefully then explained everything in detail including medication. Very n... Read more reviews
Often abbreviated simply as SCA, Spinocerebellar ataxia is defined as a degenerative genetic disease which can take on multiple forms. Therefore, other names for this condition include Spinocerebellar degeneration or Spinocerebellar atrophy. As the name indicates , this disorder affects the central nervous system. The symptoms of an ataxia vary with the specific type and with the individual patient. In general, a person with ataxia retains full mental capacity but progressively loses physical control.
HOW IS SPINOCEREBELLAR ATAXIA DIAGNOSED?
For a diagnosis of hereditary ataxia, there must be a neurological examination that shows poorly coordinated gait, often combined with uncoordinated finger/hand movements. Difficulty with speech (dysarthria) and uncontrolled eye movements (nystagmus) may also be present. In addition, non-genetic causes of ataxia must be excluded. The hereditary nature of the disorder may be established by a positive family history of ataxia or identifying an ataxia-causing gene mutation.
HOW IS SPINOCEREBELLAR ATAXIA TREATED?
There is no cure for Spinocerebellar Ataxia, only the symptoms can be alleviated. Physiotherapists can assist patients maintain independent movements through exercise. Muscle strengthening and range-of-motion exercises are taught to patients. Occupational therapists assist patients in incoordination or ataxia issues.
DID YOU KNOW?
This is is one of the most common kinds of degenerative diseases that impacts more than 150,000 in the U.S alone.