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Exercise and restless legs syndrome: a randomized controlled trial.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16951298     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a common, underdiagnosed neurological movement disorder of undetermined etiology. The primary treatments for restless legs syndrome are pharmacological. To date, no randomized controlled trials have examined the effectiveness of an exercise program on the symptoms of RLS. METHODS: Study participants (N = 41) were randomized to either exercise or control groups. 28 participants (average age 53.7; 39% males) were available and willing to begin the 12-week trial. The exercise group was prescribed a conditioning program of aerobic and lower-body resistance training 3 days per week. Restless legs symptoms were assessed by the International RLS Study Group (IRLSSG) severity scale and an ordinal scale of RLS severity at the beginning of the trial, and at 3, 6, 9, and 12 weeks. RESULTS: Twenty-three participants completed the trial. At the end of the 12 weeks, the exercise group (N = 11) had a significant improvement in symptoms compared with the control group (N = 12) (P = .001 for the IRLSSG severity scale and P < .001 for the ordinal scale). CONCLUSIONS: The prescribed exercise program was effective in improving the symptoms of RLS.
Authors:
Melissa McManama Aukerman; Douglas Aukerman; Max Bayard; Fred Tudiver; Lydia Thorp; Beth Bailey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1557-2625     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:    2006 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-04     Completed Date:  2006-12-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101256526     Medline TA:  J Am Board Fam Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  487-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Exercise Therapy / methods*
Exercise Tolerance / physiology
Female
Follow-Up Studies
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Questionnaires
Restless Legs Syndrome / physiopathology,  therapy*
Severity of Illness Index
Treatment Outcome

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