Transcranial stimulation and/or physical therapy improves walking speed in Parkinson’s disease

Transcranial stimulation and/or physical therapy improves walking speed in Parkinson’s disease

Noninvasive brain stimulation and physical therapy – alone or in combination – improve some measures of walking ability in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), concludes a clinical trial in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

Transcranial direct current stimulation and physical therapy “could be used alone or together as a combination treatment protocol to improve walking speed and step length among patients with PD,” according to the study by Krisna Piravej, MD, and colleagues of King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to showing a benefit of brain stimulation, the results suggest that physical therapy has benefits beyond symptom relief for patients with PD.

Full story of PT improving walking in Parkinson’s disease at Medical News Today

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