Measurement and treatment of imbalance and fall risk in multiple sclerosis using the international classification of functioning, disability and health model

Michelle H. Cameron, Ylva E. Nilsagård

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Abstract

Many people with multiple sclerosis MS (PwMS) have impaired balance and walking, and fall frequently. High-quality measures of imbalance and fall risk are essential for identifying who may benefit from interventions to improve balance and prevent falls, and for selecting the most appropriate interventions. We recommend the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model. Many measures are available to assess factors affecting balance, fall risk, and walking at the different levels of the ICF. Combining these measures provides the most complete assessment of the individual and the best guidance for interventions by the health care team.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-354
Number of pages18
JournalPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2013

Keywords

  • Accidental falls
  • Gait
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Postural balance
  • Walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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