Parkinson Disease – Long Term Benefits of Physical Activity
Parkinson disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive condition with cardinal signs of rigidity, tremor, bradykinesia (slowed ability to start and continue movements and impaired ability to adjust the body's position), and postural instability. Evidence suggests that people with PD benefit from exercise. Because people with PD may have a wide variety of signs and symptoms and differing rates of disease progression, exercise and rehabilitation programs must be tailored to the individual. People with PD need to develop long-term exercise habits—and be committed to participating in their intervention programs—to sustain the benefits of the supervised intervention provided by physical therapists.
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