Physiotherapy versus placebo or no intervention in Parkinson's disease.
In spite of various medical and surgical treatments for Parkinson's disease (PD), patients gradually develop significant physical problems. Physiotherapists aim to enable people with PD to maintain their maximum level of mobility, activity, and independence by monitoring their condition and targeting appropriate treatment. A range of approaches to movement rehabilitation are used, which aim to enhance quality of life by maximising physical ability and minimising problems related to Parkinson's over the whole course of the disease.
This review provides evidence of the short-term benefit of physiotherapy for the treatment of PD. Although most observed differences were small, improvements in walking speed, balance with the Berg Balance Scale, and clinician-rated disability using the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) were of a size that patients may consider them to be important. These benefits should be interpreted with caution because of the quality of the included trials, and the lack of common assessment of treatment effects. This affected the quantity of data that we could use for analysis > from Tomlinson et al.; Cochrane Movement Disorder Group (2013) DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002817. All rights reserved to John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
This Cochrane review can be found here.
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The Berg Balance Scale explained in writing.
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