Measuring body movements in neurological disease, with special reference to Parkinson’s disease
Computer assisted optoelectronic movement analysis has important applications in the quantitative study of human movements and motor disorders. In combination with specific test tasks it has proved useful in the quantitative analysis of pathophysiological mechanisms and effects of therapy in Parkinson’s disease. A compound movement task, the PLM-test, was designed to test the integration of postural uprising, locomotion and a goaldirected manual movement in an everyday lifting task. Parkinson patients show a desintegration of this compound movement and it is of pathophysiological and nosological importance that symptom profiles related to basal motor control mechanisms can be differentiated and quantified. Pharmacotherapeutical effects are quantified in single dose effect curves of dopaminergic drugs.
KeywordsMovement Time Parkinson Patient Test Movement Compound Movement Disability Profile
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