Tailored use of compensation strategies to enable exercise despite festination in Parkinson's disease
Berber E. A. Koelmans, Niek A. Verweij, Sjors C. F. van de Weijers, Bastiaan R. Bloem, Jorik Nonnekes
Department of Physiotherapy, KwadrantGroep, The Netherlands.
Despite increasing evidence for, and heightened awareness of, the importance of exercise in Parkinson's disease, many patients remain sedentary. This tendency to lead an inactive lifestyle has various underlying reasons, including the presence of gait and balance impairments that complicate the patients' ability to perform sports activities. This case report illustrates that a personally tailored approach may be required in these patients, supported, if needed, by the use of compensation strategies or novel technological advances.
Exercise is important for people with Parkinson's disease. However, the presence of walking problems due to the condition may complicate patients' ability to perform sports activities. This case report illustrates that a personally tailored approach is needed in such cases. This may include the use of novel technological advances (such as a special walker).
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