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Exercise in 94 degrees F water for a patient with multiple sclerosis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11276186     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The purpose of this case report is to describe the examination, intervention, and outcome of a patient with multiple sclerosis (MS) who participated in a comprehensive rehabilitation program that included aquatic therapy with a pool temperature of 94 degrees F. There are few descriptions of aquatic exercise programs on muscle force, exercise tolerance, and functional outcomes in individuals with MS, and most authors recommend a water temperature of less than 85 degrees F to prevent an exacerbation of symptoms. DESCRIPTION: The patient was a 33-year-old woman. Before, during, and after the aquatic program, she was monitored for body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and perceived exertion. She was also assessed for muscle force and functional abilities. OUTCOMES: The patient did not experience heat sensitivity or fatigue throughout the program, and her manual muscle test grades and mobility improved. DISCUSSION: This patient's participation in aquatic therapy, in conjunction with land-based interventions, may have been associated with the improvement in functional abilities.
C Peterson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physical therapy     Volume:  81     ISSN:  0031-9023     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Ther     Publication Date:  2001 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-03-29     Completed Date:  2001-05-03     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0022623     Medline TA:  Phys Ther     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1049-58     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Marianjoy RehabLink, 26 W 171 Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton, IL 60189, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Balneology / methods*
Body Temperature
Exercise Therapy / adverse effects,  methods*
Fatigue / etiology
Hot Temperature / adverse effects,  therapeutic use*
Monitoring, Physiologic
Multiple Sclerosis / classification,  physiopathology,  rehabilitation*
Range of Motion, Articular
Severity of Illness Index
Swimming Pools
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome

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