Shilotri A, Sakhwalkar S, Paldhikar S, Chitre P and Ghodey S
Background: Parkinson’s disease is a long term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. Bradykinesia and muscle weakness are motor symptoms of parkinson’s disease which progressively affect balance in the disease. Progressive resisted exercises increase the torque and power generating capacity of muscle thus directly affecting both weakness and bradykinesia. These exercises can significantly improve muscle strength which may have an effect on balance.
Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the added effect of lower limb progressive resisted exercises on balance in parkinson’s patients using MINI-BES test scale and functional reach test.
Subjects and methods: 10 patients with Parkinson’s with Hoehn and Yahr stage 2.5-3 and Berg Balance Score 34- 44 were selected. The subjects were randomly assigned to an experimental group (n=5), which received treatment of conventional balance exercises and lower limb progressive resisted exercises while that of control group (n=5) received only conventional balance exercises. Balance was measured using MINI-BES test scale and functional reach test both pre and post intervention.
Results: The experimental group showed significant improvement in outcome measures when compared to the control group (p Value: 0.0003 at 95% confidence interval)
Conclusion: The above study conducted concluded that combination of progressive resisted exercises and conventional balance exercises is effective in improving balance in parkinson’s patients.PDF
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