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Pilot safety and feasibility study of treadmill aerobic exercise in Parkinson disease with gait impairment

Frank M. Skidmore, MD, et al.

We studied whether aerobic treadmill exercise was possible and safe in individuals who have difficulties with walking and/or balance because of Parkinson disease (PD). We found that support harnesses were necessary to prevent injury from falls. We also found that blood pressure can drop during exercise even when the person exercising does not notice the change. These findings uncovered safety concerns that we will need to study further. All five people who enrolled completed the study and improved function, indicating that we should continue to study treadmill exercise in PD.

Volume 45 Number 1, 2008
   Pages 117 — 124

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