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Effects of home-based exercise on postural control and sensory organization in individuals with Parkinson disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19640769     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Loss of function and postural instability occur in Parkinson disease (PD). Dynamic exercise interventions are successful in improving motor control and physical function. However, most programs are based in a health facility or physical therapy setting and involve travel. With the limitations associated with PD (e.g. health care and medication cost as well as travel limitations) these therapies may be inaccessible and exclude some individuals from maintaining or increasing their function. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a home-based exercise intervention on postural control in individuals with PD. Multivariate analysis of covariance was performed on individuals with PD (N = 10) and healthy aged-matched controls (N = 10). Participants were assessed utilizing computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) before and after a 10-week exercise intervention. Participants were instructed on proper technique prior to the intervention, were given an illustrated home program, and were monitored weekly concerning their progress. Pre-intervention assessment demonstrated that individuals with PD had statically lower scores on a Sensory Organization Test (p < .05). Following the intervention, results indicated no statistical difference between individuals with PD and aged match controls (p > .05). This initial study indicates that a home exercise intervention is an effective method of improving postural control in individuals with PD. Results from this investigation support further study to determine the extent to which both preventative and restorative home-based programs can improve postural control.
Joe Nocera; Michael Horvat; Christopher T Ray
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-07-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Parkinsonism & related disorders     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1873-5126     ISO Abbreviation:  Parkinsonism Relat. Disord.     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-30     Completed Date:  2010-01-27     Revised Date:  2014-09-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9513583     Medline TA:  Parkinsonism Relat Disord     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  742-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Case-Control Studies
Computer-Aided Design
Exercise Therapy / methods*
Home Care Services
Middle Aged
Multivariate Analysis
Parkinson Disease / complications,  rehabilitation*
Postural Balance
Posture / physiology*
Sensation Disorders / etiology,  rehabilitation*
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