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ISRN Rehabilitation
Volume 2012, Article ID 491718, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/491718
Research Article

Long-Term Multimodal Exercise Program Enhances Mobility of Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

1Posture and Gait Studies Laboratory, São Paulo State University at Rio Claro, Avenue 24A, 1515, 13506-900 Rio Claro, SP, Brazil
2UNICAMP, University of Campinas, 13083-970 Campinas, SP, Brazil

Received 7 August 2012; Accepted 5 September 2012

Academic Editors: J. L. Leasure, K.-H. Lin, and K. Nas

Copyright © 2012 Marcelo Pinto Pereira et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objective. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of a long-period multimodal exercise program on balance, mobility and clinical status of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Methods. Thirty-three PD patients were assigned into two groups: a training group ( ; aged years) and a control group ( ; aged years). The TG patients were enrolled in a 6-month multimodal exercise program. This program was designed to improve physical capacity components and to reduce PD impairments. Balance and mobility were assessed immediately before and after the training protocol using the Berg Balance Scale (BBS), the “Timed up and go” (TUG), and the Posture Locomotion Test (PLM). Also, clinical variables were assessed (disease stage and impairments). Results. The TG showed an improvement in the TUG ( ) while CG were not influenced by the 6-months period. Both groups showed no differences for BBS and PLM and for their disease impairments—assessed through the Unified Parkinson’s disease Scale. Conclusions. Long-term multimodal exercise programs are able to improve mobility of patients with Parkinson’s disease and therefore should be used on clinical day life.