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Core muscle characteristics during walking of patients with multiple sclerosis

Nathaniel B. Ketelhut, BS, et al.

The Department of Veterans Affairs treats a large number of veterans with multiple sclerosis (MS). This study investigated core muscle characteristics during walking in patients with MS. We found that muscles on the less-affected side of patients with MS were activated more during walking and that there was greater muscle volume on the more-affected side of certain muscles. These findings indicate that patients with MS use compensatory mechanisms during walking to maintain balance and posture. This article may provide physical therapists new directions for treatment of postural stability and balance in Veterans with multiple sclerosis.

Volume 52 Number 6, 2015
   Pages 713 — 724

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Ketelhut NB, Kindred JH, Manago MM, Hebert JR, Rudroff T. Core muscle characteristics during walking of patients with multiple sclerosis. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015; 52(6):713–24.

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