Physiotherapy and Balance

Balance problems are common and complex for people with MS. A lot of the current balance measurements may not assess all the components of balance problems. Balance problems if under-detected in people in MS may lead to inappropriate management of their balance problems leading to potential falls. A new balance measure called the Mini-BESTest uses additional balance components compared to current balance measures used. This study investigated the use of this new balance measure in assessing balance in people with MS who predominately mobilised independently with or without an aid.


What did it involve? Fifty-two people with MS were tested with this new balance test, the Mini-BESTest, by two therapists firstly looking at the reliability of this measure, which was shown to be good. Secondly the Mini-BESTEst was compared to the most commonly used balance test the BERG balance scale. The Mini-BESTest appeared to be better at detecting balance change in people with MS who predominately mobilsed independently with or without an aid. You can read a poster presentation of the research findings (that was presented at the ISCP conference 2014) here


Who was involved? Elaine Ross, the primary investigator of this study, is a Senior MS physiotherapist working in Dublin, This study was supervised by Dr. Susan Coote in the University of Limerick