Navigation Links
The fear of falling
Date:5/14/2010

One in four people over the age of 70 suffers from gait disturbance. To prevent falls, specific treatment should be given. In the current issue of Deutsches rzteblatt International, Klaus Jahn and colleagues describe methods of differential diagnosis and therapy (Dtsch Arztebl Int 107[17]: 306-16).

Gait disturbance is defined as unsteadiness during walking that is worse than the normal slowing of old age. It often has multiple causes; in elderly patients, fear is often a precipitating or aggravating factor. A vicious circle often arises in which fear of falling leads to avoidance of movement, and in turn to reduced fitness, lower confidence in one's own balance, increased fear, and increased danger of a fall. Depression and a markedly impaired quality of life can result.

In order for the treatment to be as effective as possible, the type of gait disturbance and its causes must be precisely analyzed. In their article, Jahn et al. present effective diagnostic methods. For example, the observation of parameters such as step length, speed, body posture, and variability while the patient walks a given distance, once with eyes open and once with eyes closed, enables classification of the type of gait disturbance.


'/>"/>

Contact: Klaus Jahn
klaus.jahn@med.uni-muenchen.de
Deutsches Aerzteblatt International
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Burden of HIV/TB infections increasingly falling on Hispanic community
2. Americans Falling Short on Heart-Healthy Fruits and Vegetables
3. Health Reform Summit Seems to Be Falling Short of Goal
4. New Lucian Leape Institute Report Finds That U.S. Medical Schools Are Falling Short in Teaching Physicians How to Provide Safe Patient Care
5. More Kids Falling Prey to Sports Overuse Injuries
6. Hospitals Falling Short on Heart Patients Follow-Up Care
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... Wells Pharmacy Network offers physicians ... controlled and non-controlled substances plus the ability to manage orders on their desktop ... now accept electronic prescriptions, according to the Office of the National Coordinator of ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... Corrective Action & Preventive ... FDAnews Webinar**, Feb. 23, 2017 — 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET, ... and preventive action (PA)? , The methods share techniques and tools but they ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... 2017 , ... MAP Revenue Cycle Solutions (MAP RCS), a ... promoted to Chief Executive Officer. , The need for maximizing reimbursements while ... demands the transition from pay-for-service to pay-for-performance models. By delivering efficient and effective ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... ... Like most hospitals across the nation, Onslow Memorial Hospital is looking for more ... Program (HRRP), the return of a patient to the hospital within 30 days of ... providers are struggling to leverage limited resources and technology, Onslow Memorial Hospital has saved ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... York (PRWEB) , ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... determination. After what took over 10 years of research, development and clinical trials, ... Technology™. NTX Technology™ is a patented compound of FDA approved ingredients that when ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/16/2017)... , Feb. 16, 2017 Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: ... diagnostic information services, today announced that it has been ... 2017 by Fortune. The annual survey ... in the "Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services" industry ... information services company to attain the designation. This is ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... 2017 The Lockwood Group (Lockwood), a medical communications ... Work in Connecticut list by the ... in a row that Lockwood has been in the top ... number-two spot in 2017. The award recognizes companies that have ... were determined through a survey conducted by The Best Companies ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... 16, 2017 Summary Provides understanding and ... the worlds leading healthcare companies. ... Description The Global Allergy Partnering Terms and Agreements ... agreements entered into by the world,s leading healthcare companies. ... value - Deals listed by company A-Z, industry sector, stage ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: