July 10, 2020
Fariborz Rahimi

Fariborz Rahimi

Academic rank: Assistant professor
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Education: Ph.D in ٍElectrical Engineering-Control & Biomedical Engineering
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Faculty: Faculty of Engineering
Department: Electrical Engineering

Research

Title
Proprioceptive deficits in Parkinson's disease patients with freezing of gait
Type Article
Keywords
Properioception, Parkinson's disease, Freezing of gait (FoG)
Researchers Tracy Tan، Quincy J. Almeida، Fariborz Rahimi

Abstract

Recent research has proposed that proprioceptive deficits may exist in Parkinson's disease (PD); however, proprioception has not been studied in those who experience freezing of gait (FOG). Proprioception was investigated through stimulation of proprioceptive receptors via patellar tendon vibration. In a force matching task to either 10% or 30% maximal voluntary contraction, response to vibration with and without vision of a force target was compared between 15 PD with FOG (PD-FOG), 16 PD without FOG (PD non-FOG), and 15 non-PD control participants (Controls). In a 15-s trial, vision of the target was provided for the first 10 s but in the last 5 s, four conditions were possible: (i) vision, no vibration; (ii) vision, vibration; (iii) no vision, no vibration; or (iv) no vision, vibration.