Tailoring compensation strategies for gait impairment in Parkinson’s disease

Takeaway

  • Compensation strategies are an effective treatment for gait impairment in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and should be tailored to individual patients.

Why this matters

  • Gait impairment is one of the most disabling symptoms of PD, for which patients often use various compensation strategies (e.g. mimicking another person’s gait or adapting walking pattern) to overcome their walking difficulties.

  • There is currently a lack of research on the efficacy of different compensation strategies between persons with PD, as well as on the efficacy of a specific compensation strategy applied by the same individual but in different contexts.

  • This study provides Class IV evidence supporting compensation strategies as an effective treatment for gait impairment in PD, which may assist clinicians in tailoring compensation strategies to the individual patient, as part of a personalized approach to gait rehabilitation.