Does osteoporosis predispose falls? a study on obstacle avoidance and balance confidence
Smulders, Ellen × van Lankveld, Wim Laan, Roland Duysens, Jaak Weerdesteyn, Vivian #
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders vol:12 pages:1
Osteoporosis is associated with changes in balance and physical performance and has psychosocial consequences which increase the risk of falling. Most falls occur during walking; therefore an efficient obstacle avoidance performance might contribute to a reduction in fall risk. Since it was shown that persons with osteoporosis are unstable during obstacle crossing it was hypothesized that they more frequently hit obstacles, specifically under challenging conditions.