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PURPOSE To study the relationship of fear of falling (FoF) with gait characteristics and balance in individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD). METHOD Seventy-nine non-demented individuals (62 males) with PD were studied. Their mean age was 69.22 ± 8.93 years. The average time since diagnosis was 8.27 ± 5.31 years. FoF was assessed by the(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize non-motor symptoms in individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) who experience falls compared to those who do not fall. METHODS Fifty-four individuals with PD were studied. Thirty-six were fallers and 18 were non-fallers. Fatigue was assessed by the Iowa Fatigue Scale. Excessive daytime sleepiness was assessed by the Epworth(More)
INTRODUCTION Backward walking is difficult for persons with Parkinson's disease (PD). It is unknown how levodopa influences backward gait patterns, especially when compared to forward gait patterns. PURPOSE Investigate the effects of levodopa on forward and backward gait patterns in individuals with PD. DESIGN A repeated measures design was used. (More)
AIM To investigate the relationships between falls, fear of falling, and activity limitations in individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD). DESIGN/METHODS Cross-sectional study of individuals with mild to moderate PD (N = 83). Associations among demographic data, fall frequency, disease severity, motor impairment, ability to perform activities of daily(More)
PURPOSE To study the reliability of a Non-Instrumented Walk Test in individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD). METHOD Thirty individuals (21 Males) with PD were studied. Their mean age was 68.90 ± 9.28 years. The average time since diagnosis was 8.75 ± 5.68 years. The reliability of the manual Non-Instrumented Walk Test was studied while "OFF" and "ON"(More)
BACKGROUND Levodopa treatment has been shown to improve gait spatio-temporal characteristics in both forward and backward walking. However, effect of levodopa on gait variability during backward walking compared with forward walking has not been reported. AIMS OF STUDY To study the effects of levodopa on gait variability of forward and backward walking in(More)
BACKGROUND Treadmill training has been shown to be a promising rehabilitation strategy for improving gait and balance in persons with Parkinson disease (PD). Most studies have involved only forward walking as an intervention. The effects of multidirectional treadmill (forward, backward, and left and right sideways) on gait and balance have not been(More)
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