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Physical Therapy

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Lisa Inglis, PT, DPT, NCS


Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, which presents with symptoms of tremors, bradykinesia, rigidity, and gait disturbance. Gait changes occur with movement in all directions, including decreased velocity, decreased stride length, increased cadence, increased stance and decreased swing percent. Falls are common among individuals with PD and may occur while moving backward or after a posterior perturbation. While several standardized outcome measures have been developed to analyze gait and balance in individuals with PD, there is a lack of research investigating the relationship between backwards gait assessment and falls risk. This presentation will analyze current literature regarding backwards gait in individuals with PD providing the foundation for future research to develop a clinical measure of backwards gait to potentially predict falls risk for patients with PD. The conclusion of this research could provide a clinical tool to more accurately determine future falls risk for individuals with PD.