Falls and Fear of Falling in Parkinson’s disease for Individuals with and without Deep Brain Stimulation
Falls are highly prevalent in PD and increase in frequency as PD progresses. Additionally, DBS appears to increase the risk of having a fall. Consistent with other research, the experience of falls has an adverse impact on psychosocial constructs, such as social interaction and emotional well-being. The implications are many and are highlighted within this report, such as routinely discussing fall prevention during doctor’s visits, and utilizing a multidisciplinary treatment team to help address symptoms related to falls.