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Virtual reality cues for improvement of gait in patients with multiple sclerosis.
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PMID:  16434649     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of visual cues, provided through a portable visual-feedback virtual reality (VR) apparatus, on the walking abilities of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS: On-line (display-on) and residual short-term therapeutic effects on walking speed and stride length were measured in 16 randomly selected patients with gait disturbances predominantly due to cerebellar ataxia. RESULTS: Patients whose baseline walking speed (BWS) was below the median showed an average on-line improvement of 13.46% in their walking speed, while patients whose BWS was above the median improved their speed by 1.47%. The average short-term residual therapeutic improvement in walking speed was 24.49% in patients with BWS below the median, and 9.09% in patients with BWS above the median. Similar results were obtained for improvements in stride length. These results of improved functions in patients are particularly noteworthy when compared with the lack of change in healthy control subjects. CONCLUSIONS: Patients with multiple sclerosis showed improvement in walking abilities using virtual reality visual-feedback cues.
Yoram Baram; Ariel Miller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurology     Volume:  66     ISSN:  1526-632X     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurology     Publication Date:  2006 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-01-25     Completed Date:  2006-03-14     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401060     Medline TA:  Neurology     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  178-81     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Computer Science, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Case-Control Studies
Feedback, Psychological
Middle Aged
Multiple Sclerosis / physiopathology,  rehabilitation*
Rehabilitation / instrumentation
Time Factors
User-Computer Interface*

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