With chapters by many of the foremost international authorities on aging, neurology, physical therapy, and rehabilitation, this reference provides an up-to-date review of approaches to gait disorders and falls. This volume presents the fundamental concepts of gait and describes the changes in mobility with aging and disease. A focus is placed on recent assessment and intervention practices for common gait disorders, especially those seen in older adults, including sections on neuro-psychological influences, fear of falling and exercise, and strategies for specific disease groups, such as patients with neurological disorders or those recovering from stroke or hip surgery.
Section I: Gait Disorders and Mobility in Older Adults: Fundamental Concepts. Gait, Mobility, and Function: A Review and Proposed Classification Scheme. Functional Assessment of Gait: No Tech and Low Tech. Laboratory-based Evaluation of Gait Disorders: High Tech. Biomechanics of Gait and Mobility in Older Adults. Neuromuscular and Biomechanical Elements of Postural Equilibrium. Neuropsychological Influences on Gait in Older Adults. Gait Assessments and Interventions: A Glimpse into the Future. Section II: Gait Disorders and Falls: Assessments and Interventions. Common Gait Disorders: A Clinical Overview. Fall Risk Assessment. Best Clinical Practice Models to Reduce Falls. Reducing Fear of Falling. Therapeutic Exercise to Improve Balance and Gait and Reduce Falls. Section III: Gait Disorders in Specific Disease Groups: Assessment and Intervention. Clinical Gait Analysis in Neurology. Treatment of Parkinsonian Gait Disturbances. Treatment of Axial Mobility Deficits in Movement Disorders. Systems Approach to Gait Rehabilitation Following Stroke. Optimizing Gait in Peripheral Neuropathy. Post-Hip Fracture and Hip Replacements in Older Adults. Optimizing Gait in People with Foot and Ankle Disorders.