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Back Extensor Strengthening Exercise and Backpack Wearing Treatment for Camptocormia in Parkinson's Disease: A Retrospective Pilot Study

Lee, Kun Hee; Kim, Jong Moon; Kim, Hyoung Seop

Objective
To investigate the effect of a conservative treatment regime in Parkinson's disease patients with camptocormia.

Methods
Nine patients with Parkinson's disease were included in a retrospective pilot study of the value of back extensor strengthening exercise. Six inpatients received a 30-minute treatment, twice daily for 5 weeks, being treated on average for 34 days; while three outpatients visited the clinic and were educated for home exercise and backpack wearing treatment. Outpatients should be scheduled to visit the outpatient department to check physical status every 2–4 weeks for an average of 3 months.

Results
All patients except one showed statistically significant improvements in activities of daily living (ADL) and motor symptoms, as measured by flexion angle at standing posture, Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) II and III, and modified Hoehn-Yahr staging.

Conclusion
Conservative treatment is effective in postural correction of camptocormia in Parkinson's disease, as well as improvement in ADL and motor symptoms.

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Title
Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
DOI
https://doi.org/10.5535/arm.2017.41.4.677

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Academic Units
Psychiatry
Published Here
January 24, 2018