Digital Technology May Help Treat Walking Problems in Parkinson’s

To improve mobility and quality of life in Parkinson’s patients there is a need to employ physiotherapy strategies. However, more research is needed to understand how these treatments work and what real benefits they can provide to patients.

“These interventions haven’t changed in decades and we don’t know why walking improves with these physiotherapy techniques. This has led to not all patients benefiting and only short-term walking improvements being seen,” Sam Stuart, PhD, said in a press release. Stuart is senior researcher in the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation at Northumbria University.

Stuart and his team have received a Clinical Research Award from the Parkinson’s Foundation in the form of a two-year, $200,000 research grant. The grant will allow them to use state-of-the-art digital technology to measure walking and brain activity changes in patients with Parkinson’s disease, while being…

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