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Dynamometer-based measure of spasticity confirms limited association between plantarflexor spasticity and walking function in persons with multiple sclerosis

Theodore R. Kremer, BS, et al.

Persons with multiple sclerosis (pwMS) often have difficulty walking. Spasticity is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis that is thought to contribute to reduced walking speed, walking endurance, and a person’s perception of walking problems. However, the extent to which spasticity is associated with walking dysfunction in pwMS is unclear. This article expands upon previous work and confirms a weak association between ankle spasticity and walking problems in pwMS, at least for those with mild clinical disability and mild spasticity. Understanding how spasticity affects walking will help medical professionals decide the most efficient and effective way to treat the walking difficulties that pwMS encounter.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.08.0186

Volume 51 Number 6, 2014
   Pages 975 — 984


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Kremer TR, Van Dillen LR, Wagner JM. Dynamometer-based measure of spasticity confirms limited association between plantarflexor spasticity and walking function in persons with multiple sclerosis. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014; 51(6):975–84.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.08.0186
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