Sumary of People with Parkinson’s may benefit from seven walking strategies:
- Various strategies can help people with Parkinson’s who have difficulty walking, but a new study finds that many people have never heard of or tried these strategies.
- The research is published in the September 8, 2021, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
- The study also found that how well different compensation strategies worked depended on the context in which they were used, such as indoors versus outdoors, under time pressure or not.
- “We know people with Parkinson’s often spontaneously invent creative ‘detours’ to overcome their walking difficulties, in order to remain mobile and independent,” said study author Anouk Tosserams, MD, of the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
- We found that people are rarely educated about all the different compensation strategies.
- When they are, people often find strategies that work better for them and their unique circumstances.
- ” For the study, researchers surveyed 4,324 people with Parkinson’s and disabling gait impairments.
- The survey explained the seven main categories of compensation strategies.