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Mov Disord. 2013 Sep 15;28(11):1474-82. doi: 10.1002/mds.25613. Epub 2013 Aug 7.

Framework for understanding balance dysfunction in Parkinson's disease.

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Department of Neurology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon, USA.

Abstract

People with Parkinson's disease (PD) suffer from progressive impairment in their mobility. Locomotor and balance dysfunction that impairs mobility in PD is an important cause of physical and psychosocial disability. The recognition and evaluation of balance dysfunction by the clinician are an essential component of managing PD. In this review, we describe a framework for understanding balance dysfunction in PD to help clinicians recognize patients who are at risk for falling and impaired mobility.

KEYWORDS:

Parkinson's disease; balance; gait; posture

PMID:
23925954
PMCID:
PMC4001822
DOI:
10.1002/mds.25613
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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