Framework for understanding balance dysfunction in Parkinson's disease

Mov Disord. 2013 Sep 15;28(11):1474-82. doi: 10.1002/mds.25613. Epub 2013 Aug 7.


People with Parkinson's disease (PD) suffer from progressive impairment in their mobility. Locomotor and balance dysfunction that impairs mobility in PD is an important cause of physical and psychosocial disability. The recognition and evaluation of balance dysfunction by the clinician are an essential component of managing PD. In this review, we describe a framework for understanding balance dysfunction in PD to help clinicians recognize patients who are at risk for falling and impaired mobility.

Keywords: Parkinson's disease; balance; gait; posture.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological
  • Humans
  • Locomotion
  • Parkinson Disease / complications*
  • Postural Balance / physiology*
  • Sensation Disorders / etiology*