Measurement and Training of Dual-Task of Gait in Persons With Multiple Sclerosis
The purpose of this study is to determine the utility of a performance measure for the dual-task of gait and considering people with multiple sclerosis have both cognitive and motor problems, the secondary aim of this study is to determine the effectiveness of a gait-specific dual-tasking intervention for ambulatory individuals with multiple sclerosis.
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Gait Disorders, Neurologic
- Cognitive Impairment
- Eligible Ages
- Between 18 Years and 65 Years
- Eligible Genders
- Accepts Healthy Volunteers
- Ability walk independently with or without an assistive device
- Independent and community-dwelling
- No history or presence of other clinically significant musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, or neurologic disease.
- Definite diagnosis of MS [Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) ≤6.5]
- Relapse free for the past 30 days and not currently receiving or will receive any rehabilitation services during the study.
- Participants experiencing a true relapse or exacerbation of their symptoms (>24 hours duration in the absence infection or fever, or and ambient increase in body temperature) during the study will be excluded from the study.
- Study Type
- Intervention Model
- Parallel Assignment
- Primary Purpose
- Single (Participant)
|The Single-Task Gait group will be provided with gait training without the Dual-Task cognitive tasks.||
|The Dual-Task Gait group will be provided with gait training AND secondary cognitive tasks during gait training.||
- Texas Woman's University
Study ContactGregory A Brusola, PT,DPT,MSCS
A total target sample size of 40 adults with MS and 40 adults without MS will be recruited. The 40 adults without MS will undergo the two baseline testing sessions only for the first phase of the study. 20 of those individuals with MS will be randomly selected to undergo the intervention phase of the study.
The research design will include two groups, the intervention and control group. Both groups will undergo a screening process, two baseline testing sessions, and be randomly assigned to one of the two groups. The duration of the study is 6 weeks in length for a total of 18 training sessions. The intervention group participants will undergo gait training with a specific concomitant cognitive task (dual-task) for a total walking time of 20 minutes and with rest breaks the total session time is ~60 minutes with a physical therapist. The control group will undergo gait training, but without the cognitive task. Feedback from the therapist will be provided to each participant concerning gait mechanics and ways to improve gait regardless of group membership.
Outcome measures data will be collected twice at baseline, once at mid-intervention, once at post-intervention, and once at one-month follow-up.