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5 Tips for Maintaining Good Balance & Preventing Falls

Falling is no laughing matter. Patients with Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuropathy, lower extremity weakness, sensory loss, and substantial vision loss have a higher risk of falling. Good balance requires reliable sensory input from an individual’s vision, vestibular system (the balance system of the inner ear), and proprioceptors (sensors of position and movement in the feet …

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Dianne Jones: Chicago to Cleveland

Some might say Dianne Jones is one of the lucky ones. Diagnosed with idiopathic peripheral neuropathy 25 years ago, she experiences numbness and tingling but she has no pain. Her hands and feet are numb; moving around is difficult. She loses her balance, bumps into things, her gait is uneven. She is stiff and uncoordinated, …

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