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Tests Predict Falls in Parkinson's Patients
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Andie_WebMD_Staff posted:
A study shows a combination of tests can be used to help predict which Parkinson's disease patients are at high risk of suffering a fall. The tests include a balance test, a questionnaire on how often patients "freeze" when walking, and a test of overall Parkinson's symptoms.
Why It Matters: Falls are a major problem for Parkinson's patients, and can lead to serious injuries. Finding out which patients are at high risk for falls may allow doctors and patients to take preventive steps.


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lovedogs1955 responded:
I was diagnosed with PD about 2 years ago and have had progressively weakening of my right leg/foot with tremors and my foot turning inward with walking or most other activities using the foot. Have been to PT for evaluation of status and development of home exercise programs twice since the diagnosis. With each evaluation, I had about 6 weeks or so therapy with the PT's so that they could help me work with what I have. The foot turning has gotten worse, and I was referred for an evaluation of my gait a few weeks ago. Outcome is that my quads and hamstrings are extremely weak, which is also affecting my ability to keep my knee straight. I was fitted for an AFO which I started wearing last week. I am building up wearing time for the AFO for an hour more each day until I have reached the hours which I am active. I do walk better with the brace. Are my leg muscles going to get increasingly weaker with the use of the AFO?


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