Journal article

The biomechanics and motor control of gait in Parkinson disease

ME Morris, F Huxham, J McGinley, K Dodd, R Iansek

CLINICAL BIOMECHANICS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2001

Abstract

Parkinson disease is a progressive neurological condition characterised by hypokinesia (reduced movement), akinesia (absent movement), tremor, rigidity and postural instability. These movement disorders are associated with a slow short-stepped, shuffling gait pattern. Analysis of the biomechanics of gait in response to medication, visual cues, attentional strategies and neurosurgery provides insight into the nature of the motor control deficit in Parkinson disease and the efficacy of current therapeutic interventions. In this article we supplement a critical evaluation of the Parkinson disease gait literature with two case examples. The first case describes the kinematic gait response of an ..

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