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Multiple System Atrophy (MSA)

What is Multiple System Atrophy (MSA)?

It is a progressive degenerative neurological disorder that affects adults, both men and women in their 50s and 60s.

What causes multiple system atrophy?

Degeneration or atrophy of nerve cells in the brain. It is unclear as to why these cells become damaged.

Can physiotherapy help people with multiple system atrophy?

Yes. There’s no cure for this condition, however, physiotherapy is effective in improving your quality of life for as long as possible based on your presenting symptoms.

What are the symptoms of multiple system atrophy?

  • Movement disorders

  • Balance problems

  • Poor bladder and blood pressure control

  • Fainting spells

  • Problems with heart rate

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Tremor

  • Rigidity

  • Loss of muscle coordination

  • Difficulties with speech and gait

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