Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2015 , Vol 61 , Num 4

Virtual Reality Rehabilitation in a Case with Spinocerebellar Ataxia

Hasan TOKTAŞ 1 ,Fatıma YAMAN 1 ,Alper Murat ULAŞLI 1 ,Ümit DÜNDAR 1
1 Afyon Kocatepe Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Anabilim Dalı, Afyonkarahisar, Türkiye DOI : 10.5152/tftrd.2015.37786 Spinocereballar ataxias that are characterized by loss of balance and coordination as well as gait disturbances have a late-onset but progressive pattern. The goals of rehabilitation with patients with ataxia are the improvement of the balance and postural control, restoration of upper and lower extremity functions, achievement of improved functional walking, and improved independency in performing the daily activities of life. Virtual reality rehabilitation is a new neurorehabilitation technique that may be an alternative to the conventional rehabilitation. We aimed to present the effects of virtual reality rehabilitation on balance, gait, and functional independency of the patient with spinocerebellar ataxia. Keywords : Virtual reality, rehabilitation, spinocerebellar ataxia