What is Ataxic Cerebral
Have you ever seen a child
that is unstable, shaky, or appears not to be well
This child may have ataxic cerebral
palsy. Not all cerebral palsy suffers are in wheel chairs are
in walkers. Cerebral palsy displays a large number of symptoms
that range from mild to extreme and ataxic palsy inflicts about
10% of all cerebral palsy sufferers.
Ataxic cerebral palsy is considered an
infliction that shows mild symptoms such as trembling, a wider
gait, or an appearance of being uncoordinated.
The sufferer may have trouble holding a pencil or grasping
small objects. It may take the patient a little bit longer to
complete simple tasks than their non-afflicted peers. The child
may seem awkward while walking or running. While standing
still, an observer can sometimes see the child shake resembling
a senior citizen with motor problems. T he trembling may be
mild or severe according to the activity and muscles used
during the activity
Damage to the cerebellum is usually the cause of ataxic
cerebral palsy. Because the cerebellum plays an important role
in balance and coordination, any damage would show phonotypical
displays of the symptoms in the extremities of the patient. The
extremities are most affected, but the trunk of the body can be
influenced also. Without the proper balance and muscle support,
the muscles grow with very low tone.
There is no cure for ataxic palsy but there are treatments
that relieve the symptoms. One treatment is called cooling. By
wrapping a the lower muscles of the arm or leg and cooling the
muscles the child may have up to a half hour of relief in the
treated limb. This could reduce trembling in such a way that
the patient can plan life activities around the treatment time.
A regiment of treatment and then activity can give the child a
more normal life experience.