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VR could help detect early-onset balance problems in MS patients

March 12, 2020

Virtual reality (VR) testing could help to detect the onset of balance problems in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), research from the University of North Carolina (UNC) has found.

People with MS often have an increased risk of falling and injuring themselves even when they feel able to walk normally.

The study, published in PLoS One, used a VR system to trick subjects into thinking they were falling as they walked on a treadmill, with MS patients reacting very differently to people of the same age who did not have MS.