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.