Clinical Trials

Assessing Lower Limb Strength and Walking Ability in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis

Type of Study/Intervention

Non-interventional

Recruitment Status

Recruiting

Form of MS

Relapsing MS, Relapsing remitting MS, Secondary progressive MS, Primary progressive MS

Brief summary

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.

Inclusion criteria

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.

Exclusion criteria

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

Currently recruiting.

Recruitment contacts

Natassia Smith
Email: n.smith@neura.edu.au or msresearch@neura.edu.au
Phone: 02 9399 1829

Further details

This study is funded by MS Australia – more information here.

Region

NSW

Ethics approval

Yes

Last updated

28/03/2022

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