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Ann Rehabil Med. 2017 Aug;41(4):677-685. English. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.5535/arm.2017.41.4.677
Lee KH , Kim JM , Kim HS .
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National Health Insurance Service Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, Korea. rehappydoc@gmail.com
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of a conservative treatment regime in Parkinson's disease patients with camptocormia. METHODS: Nine patients with Parkinson's disease were included in a retrospective pilot study of the value of back extensor strengthening exercise. Six inpatients received a 30-minute treatment, twice daily for 5 weeks, being treated on average for 34 days; while three outpatients visited the clinic and were educated for home exercise and backpack wearing treatment. Outpatients should be scheduled to visit the outpatient department to check physical status every 2–4 weeks for an average of 3 months. RESULTS: All patients except one showed statistically significant improvements in activities of daily living (ADL) and motor symptoms, as measured by flexion angle at standing posture, Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) II and III, and modified Hoehn-Yahr staging. CONCLUSION: Conservative treatment is effective in postural correction of camptocormia in Parkinson's disease, as well as improvement in ADL and motor symptoms.

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