Effectiveness of Physical Therapy on Ataxia-Telangiectasia: A Case Report

Pediatr Phys Ther. 2021 Jul 1;33(3):E103-E107. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000813.


Background and purpose: This case report investigated the benefits of a 12-week physical therapy program for a child with ataxia-telangiectasia (AT).

Case description: A 9-year-old girl with a diagnosis of AT participated. The physical therapy program consisted of balance and strength exercise and Wii Fit Balance-based video games training with a pediatric physical therapist for 12 weeks.

Measurements: The motor performance, Gross Motor Function Measurement (GMFM), Pediatric Berg Balance Scale (PBBS), Trunk Control Measurement Scale (TCMS), participation as measured by the Life Habits Questionnaire (LIFE-H), and the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL).

Outcomes: Positive changes were observed in the TCMS, PBBS, GMFM, and motor performance, participation, and quality of life.

Conclusions: Notable improvements were observed in both body structure and function, and activities and participation level.

What this adds to evidence: This case report is the first to support the effectiveness of physical therapy in a child with AT.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Ataxia Telangiectasia*
  • Child
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Postural Balance
  • Quality of Life
  • Video Games*