Vestibular Physical Therapy for People With Alzheimer Disease (VPT in AD)

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University of Pittsburgh

Status

Completed

Conditions

Alzheimer Disease
Cognitive Impairment
Vestibular Diseases

Treatments

Behavioral: Vestibular Physical Therapy

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT03887923
STUDY18120038

Details and patient eligibility

About

The purpose of this study is to assess the tolerability and preliminary efficacy of an 8-week home-based vestibular physical therapy program in people with cognitive impairment.

Full description

This project uses a novel non-pharmacological treatment to improve balance and reduce falls in patients with Alzheimer Disease (AD) using a conceptual framework that combines current vestibular physical therapy (VPT) practice guidelines with the latest motor learning theories for cognitively-impaired patients. The modified VPT protocol for AD patients was developed by experts in VPT and motor learning in AD and will be tested. This pilot study will provide much-needed data about whether VPT can be adapted for patients with AD, and whether VPT shows promise in improving or stabilizing balance, spatial cognition, and gait function in patients with AD.

Enrollment

5 patients

Sex

All

Ages

60+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • mild-AD diagnosis
  • complaints or observation of gat disturbance

Exclusion criteria

  • inability to stand for 3 minutes without rest
  • recent lower extremity fractures/severe sprains (within last six months)
  • incapacitating back or lower extremity pain
  • confounding neurologic or neuromuscular disorders
  • presence of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • pain elicited during cervical range of motion or limited cervical range of motion

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

N/A

Interventional model

Single Group Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

5 participants in 1 patient group

Vestibular Physical Therapy
Experimental group
Description:
Balance, Gaze Stabilization, Habituation, and Walking exercises
Treatment:
Behavioral: Vestibular Physical Therapy

Trial contacts and locations

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