Parkinson's Patients Benefit From Physical TherapyMain Category: Parkinson's Disease
Also Included In: Rehabilitation / Physical Therapy
Article Date: 05 Oct 2012
Physical therapy helps people with Parkinson's disease over the short term, researchers from the University of Birmingham, UK, reported in the BMJ (British Medical Journal).
In the USA, the term is Physical Therapy. In the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australasia people say Physiotherapy.
Parkinson's disease management has traditionally been centered on drug therapy. Recently, however, doctors have been progressively embracing rehabilitation therapies, including physical therapy as a supplement to medications and neurosurgical treatment.
Dr Claire Tomlinson and team set out to determine what effect rehabilitation therapies might have on patients with Parkinson's disease. They gathered data from 39 randomized trials involving 1,827 people. Within those studies they assessed a wide range of physical therapy methods that were used to treat patients, including dance, treadmill training, exercises and physical therapy.
The researchers assessed 18 physical therapy outcomes, which showed clear improvements in nine areas.
They detected three especially positive outcomes from physical therapy treatment in the following areas:
Parkinson's patients demonstrated that they were able to walk faster or maintain their balance more effectively, and without intervention, after undergoing physical therapy sessions.
Dr Tomlinson, said:
"This study indicates that physiotherapy could provide clinically meaningful benefits in the short term for people with Parkinson's disease. Further improved studies are needed; these will shed more light on how beneficial physiotherapy can be for patients in the longer term. Once a larger and better quality of evidence is achieved, there might be scope for a recommendation for change in practice to be made."
What are the signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease?Parkinson's disease causes several problems; physical therapy may be able to help with a few of them. A person with Parkinson's will experience problems with movement, cognition, neurobehavior, as well has having sleep and sensory difficulties. The symptoms usually start subtly and develop gradually, and sometimes randomly (in no set order).
Each patient suffers in a different way and has a unique set of symptoms. Severity of symptoms varies enormously from person-to-person. Some may experience tremor as their primary symptom, while for others it may be balance. The disease may develop slowly for some, and rapidly for others.
Below are the four main signs and symptoms, known medically as the primary motor symptoms:
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