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Gait Abnormality and Vestibular Dysfunction

Gait is the type or style of walking and it can be abnormal for a variety of causes such as nerve injury, amputations, fractures or diseases like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease or cerebral palsy. As we age, a host of changes can lead to an abnormality of gait and increase the risk of falls. Our research has shown that persons over the age of 65 years have an underlying factor in the their risky style of walking and that is vestibular dysfunction. This is one of our balance control systems and involves the semi-circular canels in our ears. This system becomes less effective as we age and contributes to unsteady gait.

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