Multiple sclerosis and falls-an evolving tale

Jacob J. Sosnoff, Robert W. Motl, Steven Morrison

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Abstract

Falls are a common health concern in the multiple sclerosis (MS) community with one out of two individuals with MS reporting a fall in the previous 6 months. Falls often lead to physical injury and have been found to be associated with reduced participation and quality of life. These adverse consequences underscore the importance of identifying risk factors for falls in MS so that appropriate interventions can be designed and tested. Ongoing research has suggested that clinical disability, balance, and gait impairment are related to past and future falls. The data also suggest that cognitive impairment is related to falls. Fortunately, it appears that these fall risk factors and falls per se can be reduced with targeted interventions in persons with MS. However, the most effective fall-prevention strategy in persons with MS has yet to be elucidated. Ultimately, the reduction of falls in persons with MS has the potential to improve participation and quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-48
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Neurological Review
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Balance
  • Cognition
  • Falls
  • Gait
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Participation
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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