Persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) have impairments in walking. It has been proposed that commercially available accelerometers are capable of measuring walking impairments in persons with MS. This notion is based on the assumption that walking is a primary contributor to the accelerometer readings. In order to test this assumption, persons with MS wore an accelerometer and another measuring device that was capable of determining the type of activity performed. We found that the accelerometer readings were related to the amount and quality of walking. The observations support accelerometers as a way to measure walking impairments in persons with MS.
Volume 49 Number 9, 2012
Pages 1405 — 1410
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