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Lifting the "FOG" with laser generated visual-cueing.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22931738     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To ascertain whether freezing of gait (FOG) and stride reduction (SR) may be relieved by the use of an attachable, adjustable laser (the Mobilaser).
METHODS: Seven parkinsonian patients with FOG and SR were randomized in an open-label, randomized, cross-over clinical study at a tertiary referral center. The Mobilaser was attached to a 4-wheeled walker by Velcro and switched on, producing an adjustable red line, which the subjects stepped on or over while ambulating a standardized course. The length of time each subject took, and the number of freezes they experienced traversing the course, using a 4-wheeled walker with the device turned on and off, were compared.
RESULTS: A total of 7 patients were investigated; however, one was excluded from the study due to severe deconditioning, prohibiting completion of the testing. Of the 6 enrolled, all subjects took less time to ambulate the course using the attachable, adjustable laser than without it (Wilcoxon signed-rank test, P=0.03). In addition, the total number of freezes was less in all 6 subjects when using the device than without it. No adverse events occurred during the trial.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS: The Mobilaser is potentially an effective and safe device for alleviating parkinsonian FOG and SR.
Jay A Van Gerpen; Charles T Rucker; Mary Matthews; Michael A Saucier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The neurologist     Volume:  18     ISSN:  2331-2637     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurologist     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-30     Completed Date:  2013-02-08     Revised Date:  2014-11-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9503763     Medline TA:  Neurologist     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  298-301     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Cross-Over Studies
Gait Disorders, Neurologic / etiology,  rehabilitation*
Parkinsonian Disorders / complications,  rehabilitation*
Treatment Outcome

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