First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Michelle CostaFollow

Participation Type

Poster

Mentor/s

Dr. Frank Wang

Location

University Commons

Start Day/Time

4-20-2018 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-20-2018 3:00 PM

Abstract

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to many symptoms which affect an individual’s motor and non-motor functioning. In this paper, ten studies are examined in order to assess the efficacy of various forms of exercise as an intervention to improve motor and non-motor symptoms of PD. Interventions examined in this paper include but are not limited to physiotherapy, water-based exercises, treadmill training, and cycling. Four of the studies examine the effects of exercise on motor symptoms, two studies examine non-motor symptoms, and three studies examine both motor and non-motor symptoms. The articles were selected from data searches on Medline and Cinahl using search terms such as “Parkinson’s disease,” “exercise,” and “symptoms.” Outcomes of interest included motor symptoms such as tremor, rigidity, and balance; and non-motor symptoms such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue. Review of the articles found that both motor and non-motor symptoms of PD improved as a result of exercise therapy. In studies examining motor symptoms, participants experienced improvement in balance and gait speed, and a reduction in fall risk. In studies examining non-motor symptoms, participants experienced improvement in sleep, apathy, fatigue, and cognition. Although the studies showed improvement in both motor and non-motor symptoms of PD, further research should be conducted in order to determine which modalities and interventions are most effective.

College

College of Health Professions

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Health Science

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Michelle Costa is a student in the Thomas More Honors Program. This is her senior capstone project.

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The Effects of Exercise on Motor and Non-motor Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to many symptoms which affect an individual’s motor and non-motor functioning. In this paper, ten studies are examined in order to assess the efficacy of various forms of exercise as an intervention to improve motor and non-motor symptoms of PD. Interventions examined in this paper include but are not limited to physiotherapy, water-based exercises, treadmill training, and cycling. Four of the studies examine the effects of exercise on motor symptoms, two studies examine non-motor symptoms, and three studies examine both motor and non-motor symptoms. The articles were selected from data searches on Medline and Cinahl using search terms such as “Parkinson’s disease,” “exercise,” and “symptoms.” Outcomes of interest included motor symptoms such as tremor, rigidity, and balance; and non-motor symptoms such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue. Review of the articles found that both motor and non-motor symptoms of PD improved as a result of exercise therapy. In studies examining motor symptoms, participants experienced improvement in balance and gait speed, and a reduction in fall risk. In studies examining non-motor symptoms, participants experienced improvement in sleep, apathy, fatigue, and cognition. Although the studies showed improvement in both motor and non-motor symptoms of PD, further research should be conducted in order to determine which modalities and interventions are most effective.