Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599


The purpose of this study is to determine how using auditory cues of a metronome at various frequencies impacts the gait mechanics and balance in people with Parkinson's disease when walking over ground and on a treadmill. We will enroll 10 participants with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (Stages 2 or 3). All participants will complete 18 training sessions over 6 weeks and participate in pre- and post-testing of gait and balance.


Inclusion Criteria: - Individuals with a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease (made by movement disorders specialist) will be included in this study. Additional inclusion criteria include: self-reported ability to walk ~6 minutes overground as well as walk on a treadmill for a total of 10 minutes with rest breaks as needed, and be classified as Stage 2, or 3 on the Hoehn and Yahr Scale (Goetz et. al, 2004). Exclusion Criteria: - Exclusion criteria include Hoehn and Yahr Stages 1, 4, or 5, uncontrolled cardiorespiratory/metabolic disease (e.g., cardiac arrhythmia, uncontrolled hypertension or diabetes, orthostatic hypertension, chronic emphysema), or other neurological or orthopedic disorders that may affect walking. The investigators will also exclude participants with severe communication impairments, which could impede understanding of the purpose or procedures of the study or an inability to comply with experimental procedures.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Michael Lewek, PT, PhD
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Michael Lewek, PT, PhD
Phone: 919-966-9732

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Location Contact:

Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
United States

Michael Lewek, PT, PhD

Site Status: Recruiting

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Date Processed: February 04, 2019

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