Evaluation of loss of balance with systemic perturbations in people with Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis

Takeaway

  • A standardized system applying systematic manual perturbations demonstrated good inter- and intrarater reliability and revealed key differences in loss of balance (LOB) perturbations between people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and multiple sclerosis (MS). 

Why this matters

  • Patterns of LOB resulting from systemic perturbations have not been well studied.

  • This study may aid in reducing fall risk in MS and PD populations and may help with individualized treatments to improve balance in these patient populations.