A pilot study has found that exercise can be an effective way to reduce depression symptoms among individuals with Parkinson disease (PD), particularly if the exercise program is implemented as soon as possible after diagnosis.
The project followed 31 patients who were randomized into an early start group or a delayed start group. While researchers found no substantial differences in scores on the Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale among the groups, the patients in the early start group scored "significantly better" on the Beck Depression Inventory. The research was published in Parkinsonism & Related Disorders (abstract only available for free).
Early exercise is an important component in managing the symptoms and side effects of PD. APTA offers several resources on the role physical therapy can play in treatment, including a PT's Guide to Parkinson Disease, a Move Forward radio broadcast on the topic, and evidence-based practice research that can be accessed through PTNow.
American Physical Therapy Association | 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488 703/684-APTA (2782) | 800/999-2782 | 703/683-6748 (TDD) | 703/684-7343 (fax)
Contact Us | For Advertisers & Exhibitors | For Media | Follow APTA
All contents © 2014 American Physical Therapy Association. All Rights Reserved.