The effects of a pulmonary rehabilitation program on pulmonary function tests and exercise tolerance in patients with Parkinson's disease

Funct Neurol. Nov-Dec 1997;12(6):319-25.

Abstract

The effects of exercise training, as a part of a pulmonary rehabilitation program, on pulmonary function tests and exercise tolerance have not been clarified in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). This study compares the results of pulmonary function test parameters and exercise tolerance in individuals with and without PD. It also compares the results of pulmonary function test parameters, exercise tolerance and subjective ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) between entry to and the end of exercise training program in patients with PD. Nine patients with PD and 9 age-matched healthy controls participated in the study. Pulmonary function tests and a six-minute walk test were performed in subjects with and without PD, and the Borg RPE scale was applied to patients with PD at the beginning of the study. After the exercise training program, all parameters were recorded again in patients with PD. Statistically significant differences were observed between the groups in some of the pulmonary function test parameters and in exercise tolerance. After the training program, we observed improvement in some of the pulmonary function test parameters, exercise tolerance, and RPE in patients with PD.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Exercise Tolerance*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung / physiopathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parkinson Disease / physiopathology*
  • Parkinson Disease / rehabilitation*
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • Walking