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Title: Effect of physical therapy training on gait initiation in patients with moderate parkinson's disease
Authors: Fuengfa Khobkhun
Sunee Bovonsunthonchai
Roongtiwa Vachalathiti
Apichart Pisarnpong
Mahidol University
Keywords: Multidisciplinary
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2014
Citation: Chiang Mai University Journal of Natural Sciences. Vol.13, No.1 (2014), 43-50
Abstract: The present study investigated the effects of physical therapy treatment on gait initiation in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Thirteen patients with PD were randomized into a treatment (n = 7) and control (n = 6) group. Participants were assessed for their severity level, using the Modified Hoehn and Yahr scale, and motor evaluation, using the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), items III and IV. At pre- and post-assessments, gait initiation was assessed using a gait mat, synchronized with a video camera. The treatment group received a physical therapy training program based on the TrainingBIG™ technique and task-specific concepts, three times per week for four weeks. The control group received no physical therapy treatment. From analysis of the pre- and post-assessment variables, only the treatment group showed a significant decrease in preparatory phase time (p = 0.043) and increase in step length (p = 0.018). In addition, the treatment group had a significant increase in step length (p =.022) at post-assessment when compared to the control group. The present findings demonstrated that physical therapy treatment would be beneficial for patients with PD experiencing gait initiation problems.
ISSN: 16851994
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