Exercise may be beneficial for Parkinson's patients

November 20, 2012

Topic: orthopaedic surgeons

Exercise may be beneficial for Parkinson's patients

Individuals who are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease often need the expertise of a variety of specialists, including orthopaedic surgeons, neurologists and physical therapists. According to new research published in the journal Archives of Neurology, these patients may benefit from moderate exercise.

Parkinson's disease is a condition that affects the brain and can cause tremors and difficulty with walking, movement and coordination, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It most often occurs in individuals who are ages 50 or older.

"Walking problems are among the most disabling symptoms of Parkinson's disease," said lead researcher Lisa Shulman, M.D. "The study suggests that the combination of treadmill and resistance training may be a particularly good approach in Parkinson's disease."

Researchers looked at nearly 70 patients who had Parkinson's disease and exhibited difficulty walking. The participants either did high-intensity or low-intensity walking on the treadmill, or stretching and resistance exercises alone. They found that all groups experienced a reduction in symptoms.

In the end, the study's investigators concluded that even partaking in exercise three times per week for 50 minutes each time can be beneficial for affected patients.

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