At the occasion of the MS Day 2019, we thought it would be interesting to share a study conducted by April et al. on MS patients.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive neurological disorder affecting cognition, perception and motor function. MS patients’ life quality is often decreased by gait disturbance and fatigue. In this context, the role of rehabilitation is to improve gait quality and enhance patients’ daily-life activities.
In their study, April et al. measured the effect of rehabilitation on daily-life gait for MS patients using GaitUp wearable sensors Physilog®. Twenty-two patients recorded their activities at home with inertial sensors fixed on their shoes. They compared patients’ activities before and after an intensive period of in-patient rehabilitation. Results showed that rehabilitation improved daily-life gait function and reduced motor fatigue. They concluded that intensive in-patient rehabilitation can improve locomotion behavior in patients’ daily life.
Wearable sensors such as Physilog® promote home-based self-assessments for a better understanding of our patients’ life activities and quality.
This study was jointly conducted by R. April¹, J. Kool¹ K. Aminian², G. Prigent², R. Anker³, Z. Wei², R. Gonzenbach¹
¹ Rehaklinik Valens,
² Laboratory of Movement Analysis and Measurement, EPFL