Walking Speed May Paint Picture of MS Progression
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –Research has already shown that the time it takes a person with multiple sclerosis (MS) to walk 25 feet is a meaningful way to measure disability in MS. Now, new research is providing a clearer picture of how walk time can provide information about how a person’s disease progression and disability impacts their every-day activities.
The study conducted at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville found that participants who took longer than six seconds to walk 25 feet were more likely to be unemployed, have a change in occupation due to MS and walking, use a cane, and require help with daily activities like cooking. Also, researchers found that those who took eight seconds or longer to complete the walk in the study were more likely unemployed, using Medicaid or Medicare, walking with a walker, divorced, and were more than 70 percent more likely to be unable to perform daily activities.
For more information, go to: http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2013/10/30/01.wnl.0000436065.97642.d2
SOURCE: Neurology, October 2013
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