Quick adjustments during gait are less accurate through focal cerebellar lesions

17/10/2017

Source: Gait & Posture, 2017, Volume 58 p. 390-393

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Date of publication: October 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Online gait corrections are frequently used to restore gait stability and prevent falling. They require shorter response times than voluntary movements which suggests that subcortical pathways contribute to the execution of online gait corrections. To evaluate the cerebellum in these pathways two hypotheses were tested around accuracy of online gait corrections and the pronouncement of differences. The reduced ability to accurately adjust foot placement during walking in individuals with focal cerebellar lesions appears to be a general movement control deficit, which could contribute to increased fall risk.

Length of publication: 3 pages

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Ankle dorsiflexion may be important in falls in fibromyalgic women

15/05/2015

Source: Clinical Biomechanics, 2015, online

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Date of publication: April 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Fibromyalgia produces chronic pain and allows only for a reduced range of motion, which leads to gait changes and a high incidence of falls. Intervention programmes can be designed by understanding these gait patterns. This study was designed to evaluate the range of motion of the hip and ankle joints in women with and without fibromyalgia. Ranges of motion were similar between groups except that fibromyalgia sufferers showed higher plantar flexion and lower dorsiflexion. Improved ankle kinematics in this group may help prevent falls and improve mobility.

Length of publication: 1 page

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