Early Exercise Intervention Influences Motor Function And Quality Of Life In Parkinson’s Disease

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Prof.R.S. Gangatharan1*, Dr. S .Natrajan, Dr. A. V. Srinivasan, Dr. S. Jeyakumar, Rajkumar Krishnan Vasanthi, Dr. Syed K. A, P. V. Hari Hara Subramanyan


Objective–In this research, we tried to find the effect of physiotherapy in freezing to answer the question of the type and duration of intervention that best suits treating FOG in PD. Methods - A total of 64 participants with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease were enrolled in the study from Meenakshi medical college and three more private clinics in Chennai. Disease severity was assessed through section III (motor) of the Italian version of the MDS-unified Parkinson's disease rating scale (UPDRS). They were randomized into group A (32) Group B (32). These subjects were made to watch six videos (each lasting 6 minutes), where strategies for countering freezing of gait were presented, and afterward to execute the observed actions as per the instructions given by the physiotherapist. Group A received continuous intervention and Group Bb received intermittent intervention for a day. Results – The group B subjects performed significantly superior to group A in terms of the three selected outcome measures – FOGQ, BBS, and TUG. Conclusion - providing frequent Physiotherapy in the small session can bring about a better improvement than providing one continuous intervention session in a day. 

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