One small study has demonstrated that people in the very early stages of multiple sclerosis (MS) have much lower muscle endurance than people without MS, which may affect their gait.
Comparing a group of 52 people with early MS to 28 healthy volunteers, the researchers found that people with MS had 40 percent less muscle endurance than those without MS.
In addition, the people with MS had specific gait abnormalities, including:
- walking with a wider base (legs farther apart) for stability
- walked more slowly
- walked in an asymmetrical pattern
- took shorter steps
The researchers do say that early intervention with physical therapy and exercise can help our endurance and potentially cut back on some of the fatigue that we deal with.
I don't know if I have low muscle endurance or abnormal gait. Maybe I do, but it's normal for me and I'm just used to it.
What about you? Have you ever had your gait formally assessed? Do you feel like your muscle endurance is low? Please leave your comments below.