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February 2013

The Benefits of Exercise in Parkinson Disease

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorder Center, Department of Neurology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.

JAMA Neurol. 2013;70(2):156-157. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2013.772

Parkinson disease (PD) is a disabling neurodegenerative disease for which current treatments are suboptimal. As exercise is generally safe, inexpensive, and associated with secondary benefits, interest in exercise as a treatment for the motor symptoms of the disease is increasing. In this issue of the journal, Shulman and colleagues1 offer compelling evidence that exercise can improve gait and fitness among individuals with PD. This research adds to the evidence regarding the value of interventions for PD beyond medications and surgery and offers an opportunity for patients to be active participants in their care.

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