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New Treatment for Parkinson's Disease Gait Presented at the American Acadamy of Neurology Annual Meeting
Date:1/25/2010

A new, in-home training device with virtual reality cues improving gait and balance in patients with Parkinson's disease was presented by lead researcher Dr. Alberto Espay at the American Acadamy of Neurology annual meeting.

(PRWEB) January 25, 2010 -- Quality of life and motor function are impaired by shuffling and freezing of gait in people with Parkinson's disease (PD).

It is well known that certain auditory and visual cues can improve motor function in people with PD.

Dr. Alberto Espay, presented the results of his study which showed successful treatment of gait impairment for Parkinson's disease by using a new patented device, the GaitAid.

Patients in the study received the device for in-home use during a two week period. The participants used the device daily for 20 minutes. Gait parameters were measured before, during and after the two week period.

Over 70% of patients in this study improved their gait.

Dr. Espay concluded his presentation: "Gait velocity and stride length were improved in PD patients with a marked residual (lasting) effect.".

During his platform presentation, Dr. Espay acknowleged this device as a "desirable, non-pharmacologic, intervention to improve walking in PD.", noting that the device is low cost, easy to use (no training by professionals is needed to use the device at home ) and it provides improved functioning by the patient during and after use.

The devices used in this study are registered with the FDA as the GaitAid device and are available for a one month trial period to individuals, clinicians, and retirement homes at the company's website:

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