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Exercise programs improve mobility and balance in people with Parkinson's disease.
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PMID:  20083007     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Compromised balance and loss of mobility are among the major consequences of Parkinson's disease (PD). The literature documents numerous effective interventions for improving balance and mobility. The purpose of this study was to verify the effectiveness of two exercise programs on balance and mobility in people with idiopathic PD. Thirty-four participants, with idiopathic PD that ranged from Stage I to Stage III on the Hoehn & Yahr (H&Y) scale, were assigned to two groups. Group 1 (n = 21; 67+/-9 years old) was engaged in an intensive exercise program (aerobic capacity, flexibility, strength, motor coordination and balance) for 6 months: 72 sessions, 3 times a week, 60 minutes per session; while Group 2 (n = 13; 69+/-8 years old) participated in an adaptive program (flexibility, strength, motor coordination and balance) for 6 months: 24 sessions, once a week, 60 minutes per session. Balance and basic functional mobility were assessed in pre- and post-tests by means of the Berg Balance Scale and the Timed Up and Go Test. Before and after the interventions, groups were similar in clinical conditions (H&Y, UPDRS, and Mini-Mental). A MANOVA 2 (programs) by 2 (moments) revealed that both groups were affected by the exercise intervention. Univariate analyses showed that participants improved their mobility and balance from pre- to post-test. There were no differences between groups in either mobility or balance results. Both the intensive and adaptive exercise programs improved balance and mobility in patients with PD.
Lilian T B Gobbi; Maria D T Oliveira-Ferreira; M Joana D Caetano; Ellen Lirani-Silva; Fabio A Barbieri; Florindo Stella; Sebasti?o Gobbi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Parkinsonism & related disorders     Volume:  15 Suppl 3     ISSN:  1873-5126     ISO Abbreviation:  Parkinsonism Relat. Disord.     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-19     Completed Date:  2010-03-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9513583     Medline TA:  Parkinsonism Relat Disord     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S49-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Posture and Gait Studies Lab, UNESP - S?o Paulo State University at Rio Claro, S?o Paulo, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Disability Evaluation
Exercise Therapy / methods*
Gait Disorders, Neurologic / etiology,  rehabilitation*
Middle Aged
Multivariate Analysis
Parkinson Disease / complications,  rehabilitation*
Postural Balance / physiology*
Severity of Illness Index
Time Factors
Walking / physiology*

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