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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 10/06/98
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Balance Researchers Study Postural Sway in Seniors

Cincinnati--Arvind Modawal, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine in the Geriatric Medicine section of Family Medicine is studying older adults to establish the normal values of sway in older individuals and explore its relationship to falls. According to Modawal, "Sway patterns change as a person ages and the extent of sway often increases due to medications and certain medical conditions."

Since falls are the single most prevalent reason for injury in older people and can result in fractured bones and head injuries, this study may help doctors develop a way to screen patients for their risk of falling. If the person demonstrates balance disorders, their risk of falling may be anticipated and prevented.

Modawal says that the research is important because it is one of the first studies done to establish what amount of sway is normal in healthy elderly people.

The study is seeking healthy adults over 60 years old for free balance and postural sway testing and is cosponsored by the Biomechanics-Ergonomics laboratory and the Department of Environmental Health at UC.

For more information about the balance study in seniors, call (513) 558-4066 or page (513) 269-1161 and punch in your phone number after the beep.

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