Video Games Therapy on Balance and Cognitive Functions in Mild to Moderate Impaired Multiple Sclerosis Patients.

2017-12-04 07:57:08 | BioPortfolio


Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is often characterized by the presence of balance and cognitive impairments. Cognitive functions play a key role in balance control. Simultaneously performing cognitive tasks decreases walking and balance ability (Dual-Task cost). Rehabilitative treatment of patients with MS does not have to consider separately the motor and cognitive aspects. Video-Game Therapy (VGT) is a novel tool that allows a multimodal training approach. VGT typically provides augmented feedback during training that can contribute to learning motor skills. The main objective of this exploratory study will be to test the effects of a commercially available VGT on balance and cognitive function in ambulatory MS patients compared to a standardized balance platform training (BPT). Secondary, we will explore the effects of VGT and BPT on other domains that are usually impaired in MS population and that can be improved by motor rehabilitation, such as psychological well-being, fatigue and Quality of Life. Another specific aim will be to better explore the neuronal correlate during video game therapy using the Functional Near-infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS). Finally, patient motivation and satisfaction during VGT and BPT will be monitored with a specific questionnaire.

Study Design


Multiple Sclerosis


Video game therapy, Balance platform therapy


Ferrara University Hospital


Not yet recruiting


University Hospital of Ferrara

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