Ataxia describes a broad range of abnormal movements, typically resulting from conditions affecting the nervous system. The cerebellum is a part of the brain that controls muscle coordination. When there is damage to nerve cells in this area, mobility problems typically follow. As with any other condition affecting the nervous system, cerebral ataxia is very complex. Symptoms can vary from person to person, but often include:

  • Incoordination
  • Unusual gait and/or posture
  • Loss of fine motor skills (writing, eating, etc.)
  • Speech or swallowing problems
  • Vision abnormalities
  • Involuntary eye movements

Have You Been Diagnosed with Ataxia?

Cerebral ataxia is fairly simple to diagnose, but pinpointing the cause can be more difficult. In some cases, there is no known cause or the patient is determined to have inherited the disorder at birth. In other cases, they are living with a disease that damages the spinal cord or nerves connecting the cerebellum to muscles. Many patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy also develop ataxia. Finally, ataxia can develop when the body responds poorly to a virus, a certain medication, or even a vaccine. These toxic reactions are rare.

The Outlook

Treating ataxia is no simple feat. The treatment plan greatly depends upon the underlying cause of the condition. In some cases, the issue may resolve on its own, but in others, patients face lifelong mobility struggles. Doctors often recommend the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Adaptive devices to assist with mobility

If you have been diagnosed with ataxia, you probably already know that these treatment options can be expensive. If you believe your condition was brought on by a vaccination, you may be able to obtain compensation for your recovery.

Contact Our Vaccine Injury Attorney Today

Our vaccine injury attorney represents people with a wide variety of neurological issues stemming from vaccines, including cerebral ataxia. If you were diagnosed with this condition shortly after receiving a vaccination, contact us today. Our vaccine injury attorney, Nancy Meyers, has been admitted to the US Court of Federal Claims, which allows her to petition for recovery funds from the Vaccine Compensation Program. If your condition is determined to be a direct result of a vaccination, this program will also cover all lawyer fees. Contact us toll free at 800-531-9191 today.