Physical therapy (PT) improves gait speed, strength, and fitness in Parkinson disease

Writing in JAMA Neurology, 02/27/2013 Dr. Shulman LM et al from the University of Maryland School of Medicine show that Physical Exercise for Patients With Parkinson Disease – PD can improve gait speed, muscle strength, and fitness.
The group looked at three different intensiveness of treadmill exercise namely 1. 30 minutes at 70%-80% of heart rate reserve, 2. a lower-intensity treadmill exercise – 50 minutes at 40%-50% of heart rate reserve and 3) stretching and resistance exercises – 2 sets of 10 repetitions on each leg on 3 resistance machines leg press, leg extension, and curl. The repetitions of the exercise program was 3 times a week for 3 months.
The Main Outcome Measures were gait speed (6-minute walk), cardiovascular fitness (peak oxygen consumption per unit time and muscle strength.
The group concluded that the effects of exercise were seen across all 3 exercise groups with the lower-intensity treadmill exercise showing greatest improvement in gait speed. and the stretching and resistance exercises improving muscle strength. Therefore a combination of treadmill and resistance exercises may result in greater benefit and requires further investigation.

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