Moving Beyond Effectiveness
Over the past decade (or more), there has been tremendous growth in the number of randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses revealing the effectiveness of physical therapy and exercise interventions for persons with Parkinson disease (PD). Given this accumulating body of evidence, exercise is now considered an important element in the treatment of PD. Although this marks important progress in the field, there is still much more to be learned to optimize the outcomes of the patients we serve. For example, which persons with PD benefit most from a particular intervention? Is one type of exercise better than another? Does dose matter? Does the timing of the intervention matter? What are the underlying mechanisms that may account for the benefits of exercise?
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Special Issue Editors: Terry Ellis, PT, PhD; Lee Dibble, PT, PhD; Dan Peterson, PhD