Unilateral auditory cueing to improve freezing during turning in Parkinson’s disease.

Joke Spildooren, Sarah Vercruysse, K. Desloovere, Wim Vandenberghe, Jochen Vandenbossche, Alice Nieuwboer

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Objective: To investigate the effect of unilateral cueing on turning and freezing of gait (FOG) in Parkinson's disease and explore the impact of disease dominance on these effects.
Background: Freezers (FRs) increase their cadence during turning compared to non-freezers (nFRs)1 which can result in FOG. Cueing at -10% of preferred cadence can improve normal gait in FR2, but the influence on turning remains unknown.
Methods: 12 FR and 11 nFR were matched for age, leg length, disease severity, duration and amount of disease-asymmetry. Patients were asked to turn 180° left and right during baseline-condition. They were then randomly exposed to cueing of the disease-dominant and non-dominant side (calculated by UPDRS-score differences) at -10% of preferred stride frequency. After removing the cues, gait tests were repeated to determine the carry-over effects of cues. Turn duration, number of steps, cadence and amount of FOG-trials were registered by an 8 camera VICON 3D motion analysis system for each turn side and condition. ANOVA for repeated measures was used to analyze the data. The influence of cueing on FOG was calculated using Chi-square statistics.
Results: 4 FRs froze during baseline testing, resulting in 14 FOG-trials. No FOG occurred during cueing (pConclusion: Unilateral cueing reduces the occurrence of FOG during turning, but this effect is not maintained when the cues are taken away. Although FRs and nFRs had comparable disease characteristics, only nFRs benefit from adjusting their cadence to the slower cueing pace to both turning sides. FRs respond selectively to cueing, indicating that cueing the disease-dominant side when turning towards the same side is effective only.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)S713-S713
Aantal pagina's1
TijdschriftMovement Disorders
StatusPublished - 9 sep 2010
EvenementWorld Parkinson Congress 2010 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duur: 28 sep 20101 okt 2010


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