Physical therapy might not benefit people with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s disease, a new study suggests.
Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder that interferes with the ability to do daily tasks. Typically, physical therapy is used in the later stages of the disease, but this study assessed its effectiveness in earlier stages.
Researchers randomly assigned 762 patients with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s to either physical therapy and occupational therapy, or a “control” group with no therapy. Over eight weeks, the patients in the therapy group did about four 58-minute sessions.
After three months, there was no difference between the therapy group and the control group in the ability to do daily tasks, the study found.