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Downhill walking training in individuals with Parkinson's disease: a randomized controlled trial.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20581650     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of downhill walking training on gait and thoracic kyphosis in patients with Parkinson's disease. DESIGN: Thirty-three patients with Parkinson's disease were randomized into an experimental group (n = 16) or a control group (n = 17). Subjects in the experimental group underwent 4-wks of downhill walking training, whereas subjects in the control group received conventional therapy for 4 wks. Gait parameters, thoracic kyphosis, and muscle strength of knee were measured at pretraining, posttraining, and at 1-mo follow-up. RESULTS: There were significant interaction effects between group and time of evaluation on gait parameters and thoracic kyphotic curve. There was also a significant group effect for muscle strength of knee extensors. CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that downhill walking training is beneficial for improving gait performance in patients with Parkinson's disease and may contribute to maintenance of thoracic posture in these subjects.
Authors:
Yea-Ru Yang; Ya-Yun Lee; Shih-Jung Cheng; Ray-Yau Wang
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation / Association of Academic Physiatrists     Volume:  89     ISSN:  1537-7385     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Phys Med Rehabil     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-23     Completed Date:  2010-09-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8803677     Medline TA:  Am J Phys Med Rehabil     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  706-14     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Physical Therapy and Assistive Technology, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Aged
Exercise Therapy / methods*
Female
Gait Disorders, Neurologic / etiology,  therapy*
Humans
Kyphosis / therapy*
Male
Middle Aged
Muscle Weakness / etiology,  therapy
Parkinson Disease / complications,  therapy*
Posture
Walking*

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