Brain Neurorehabil.  2019 Sep;12(2):e20. 10.12786/bn.2019.12.e20.

Spatiotemporal Gait Parameter Comparison for Parkinson's Disease, Multiple System Atrophy, and Other Parkinsonism Diseases

  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Ewha Womans University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Neurology, Ewha Womans University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul Metropolitan Seonam Hospital, Seoul, Korea.


The aim of this study was to compare and quantify the spatiotemporal and gait parameters obtained by foot pressure analysis during the gait in a group of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients compared with other Parkinsonism diseases, especially multiple system atrophy (MSA). Thirty-seven out of ninety-three patients who visited the center of neurology or rehabilitation with features of Parkinsonism were recruited. Spatiotemporal gait parameters were collected using gait analysis system. The results did not differ in terms of the stride length, step width, double stance phase, stride time, cadence, velocity, gait line and single support line differences, anterior-posterior position of center of pressure, and maximal gait line velocity; the lateral symmetry showed a significant difference between the PD and the MSA groups (p < 0.05). The study evaluated the differences in terms of spatiotemporal parameters between the PD and MSA along with other Parkinsonism diseases; it showed that the PD patients had a gait tendency to deviate laterally compared to the MSA patients. The result suggests conducting the gait foot pressure analysis might help distinguish PD from other Parkinsonism diseases in early stage, aiding the early decision for the treatment plans.


Parkinsonism; Parkinson's disease; Multiple system atrophy; Gait
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