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Friedreich's Ataxia Treatments


There is no known cure for this condition.

Long-term management is aimed at maximizing function and controlling symptoms:

  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation to cope with muscle weakness
  • Use of orthotics (devices that go in your shoes) to provide stability and to help with weakness
  • Surgery for correcting foot abnormalities and scoliosis
  • Periodic testing for associated conditions of diabetes and cardiomyopathy

As the exact role of the protein frataxin is clarified, treatments may emerge. Studies are ongoing to assess the role of antioxidants, coenzyme Q 10 , and vitamin E .

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