Assessing Lower Limb Strength and Walking Ability in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis
Type of Study/Intervention
Form of MS
Relapsing MS, Relapsing remitting MS, Secondary progressive MS, Primary progressive MS
The research study aims to investigate strength in the lower limb and its association with walking ability. In addition, other factors related to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) that may affect walking, including spasticity, balance, leg sensation and contractures in the ankle, will be assessed.
We hope to use the information we get from this research study to devise an intervention to improve mobility in people with MS.
Participants aged 18-65 with a confirmed diagnosis with MS (all forms) and can walk at least 20 metres without resting (with or without a mobility aid) are invited to participate.
Potential participants will be screened and excluded from the study if they have:
• Recent relapse or exacerbations (past 30 days) of MS symptoms
• History of fracture in the past 3 years or joint replacement in the past 12 months
• Recent lower limb injury that would influence strength and mobility performance
• Other medical conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease, diabetes-related peripheral neuropathy, etc.) that affect gait
Anticipated start date
Phone: 02 9399 1067
This study is funded by MS Australia – more information here.