14th International Congress
14th international congress

News Release

Monday, June 14, 2010

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Laur, +1 414-276-2145, elaur@movementdisorders.org
MDS Press Room: Rio de la Plata Room, 2nd Floor, Sheraton Buenos Aires
(Abstract: 30)

Physiotherapeutic Training Improves Motor Performance
for Patients with Degenerative Ataxia

BUENOS AIRES – A study exploring the long-term effects and benefits of physiotherapeutic training for patients with degenerative ataxia was presented today at The Movement Disorder Society’s 14th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.

This study, led by Matthis Synofzik and colleagues at the Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research, Tuebingen, Germany, found that after a four-week intensive coordinative training, followed by one-year home training program, improvements in motor performance and achievement of daily life goals persisted over one year in patients with degenerative ataxia.

Mark Hallett, MD, of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, states “The abstract is of interest since it shows that patients with cerebellar disorders can profit from a rehabilitation program. We have no good treatments for patients with ataxia, and any program that can help is certainly welcome…” Hallett goes on in saying that “This abstract shows that there is not only a benefit, but that the benefit persists for at least one year.”

Motor performance and achievement of individual daily life goals were assessed in this study by using clinical rating scales for ataxia and by quantitative movement analysis.

Meeting attendees are gathered to learn the latest research findings and state-of-the-art treatment options for Movement Disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, Huntington's disease, tremor, gait and dystonia. More than 3,500 physicians and medical professionals from 70 countries will be able to view over 1,000 scientific abstracts submitted by clinicians from around the world.

The Movement Disorder Society, an international society of over 3,500 clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals from more than 90 countries, is dedicated to improving patient care through education and research. For more information about The Movement Disorder Society, visit www.movementdisorders.org.