TURNING CHARACTERISTICS IN PATIENTS WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE DURING TIMED UP AND GO

  • MinJi Son
  • GhangHong Youm
  • MyeoungGon Lee
  • YouKyung Kim
  • JinHee Kim
Keywords: Parkinson's disease (PD), Timed Up & Go (TUG), kinematics, spatiotemporal variables, gait

Abstract

This study aimed to investigate turning characteristics of patients with PD, using 3D analysis during the TUG test, to examine associations with the severity of PD. A total of 30 individuals performed the TUG test 10 patients with Hoehn and Yarh stages 2.5 and 3.0 PD (group I), 10 patients with H&Y stage 2.0 PD (group II), and 10 healthy elderly controls. Walking speed; step length; ROM of the hip, knee, and shoulder joint; foot clearance height; were significantly different between PD patients and controls. Step length and foot clearance height were significantly different between group I and group II. In conclusion, the TUG test may be a useful task for identifying turning characteristics of the severity of PO and to differentiate between PO patients and controls.
Published
2016-11-06