Parkinsons disease: exercise tolerance, balance and quality of life

Writing in Disability & Rehabilitation February, Dr. Lauhoff from the Department of Physiotherapy, St James’s Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland looks at the effects of cycle ergometry training on exercise tolerance, balance and quality of life in  Parkinsons disease (PD) patients. The group looked at the following outcome measures: Six Minute Walk Test, Physiological Cost Index, Berg Balance Scale, Timed Up and Go Test (TUAG) and ADL and mobility sections of the Parkinson’s disease questionnaire (PDQ) and the Unified Parkinson’s disease Rating Scale (UPDRS). The group found that the PD patients showed an improvement in both movement impairments, functional ability and exercise tolerance.

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