Exercise and neurologic disease

Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2014 Dec;20(6 Sports Neurology):1667-82. doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000458967.63518.92.


Purpose of review: This article provides a practical clinical approach for the role of exercise in the treatment and management of neurologic disorders.

Recent findings: A number of clinical studies have reported positive benefits from exercise in various neurologic disease states, suggesting that this mode of intervention should be considered as another option in clinical management.

Summary: Significant evidence-based data exists confirming the positive effects of exercise in otherwise healthy populations. Good evidence also exists that physical activity may benefit people with long-term neurologic conditions. Despite this evidence, exercise is often neglected in patients with normal aging or neurologic disease progression. Neurologists should counsel patients on this therapeutic adjunct and provide specific recommendations when possible.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Nervous System Diseases / rehabilitation*