Parkinsonism: upturned walking stick as an aid to locomotion

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1987 Jun;68(6):380-1.


Three parkinsonian patients are described who independently discovered that their gait was facilitated by inverting a walking stick and using the handle, carried a few inches from the ground, as a visual cue or target to step over and initiate walking. It is suggested that the "inverted" walking stick have wider application in patients with Parkinson's disease as an aid to walking, particularly if they have difficulty with step initiation and maintenance of stride length.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Canes*
  • Female
  • Gait
  • Humans
  • Locomotion*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Orthopedic Equipment*
  • Parkinson Disease / rehabilitation*
  • Psychomotor Performance