Thursday, August 4, 2011

Gait Assessment and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Journal of Child Neurology published research on the gait assessments of children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy with long distance walking. Overall, the children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy exhibited significantly lower stride velocity and a less smooth trunk movement. When comparing the children with milder symptoms of Duchenne's to children with more moderate symptoms, the milder symptom group showed significantly higher values for cadence and stride velocity. Trunk smoothness was also better in the mild group versus the moderate group.

Reference: Raluca Ganea, MSc et al. Gait Assessment in Children With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy During Long-Distance Walking. Published online before print July 15, 2011, doi: 10.1177/0883073811413581 J Child Neurol July 15, 2011 0883073811413581

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