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Rehabilitation in idiopathic Parkinson’s disease in the focus of the future
Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, characterized by motor and non-motor symptoms leading to decreased mobility, independence and social isolation. Traditionally the management of PD is based on symptomatic treatment including drugs and surgical approaches. However, some of the symptoms do not respond sufficiently to medication and surgery. This article reviews therapeutic strategies of rehabilitation in PD, considered as an adjuvant to pharmacological and surgical treatments, with the aim of minimizing functional disabilities and improving quality of life. Growing evidence has been seen for the effectiveness of various types of rehabilitation interventions, particularly the effectiveness of aerobic training, gait training and balance training combined with cognitive training.
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