Effects of Balance Training on Nonmotor Symptoms in Individuals with Parkinson Disease

Gurpreet Singh, Tarang K. Jain, Wen Liu, Yvonne Colgrove, Rajesh Pahwa, Kelly Lyon, Neena Sharma

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Objective: Evaluate the effects of balance training on nonmotor symptoms associated with Parkinson disease (PD) using Biodex stability system (BSS). Methods: Twenty individuals with PD were assigned to either a BSS group (n = 10) or a non-BSS group (n = 10) who performed exercises for 4 weeks. Assessments of depression, fatigue, pain, fear of falling, and quality of life (QOL) were done using standardized measures. Results: Fatigue was found to be significantly different within (mean difference: 8 ± 11.5 points; 95% CI, -0.27, 16) as well as between groups (mean difference: 12.6 ± 12.3 points; 95% CI, 23.4, 1.7) for only the BSS group. Conclusion: Balance exercise training can decrease fatigue, which may have valuable implications on fear of falling and QOL in individuals with PD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-193
Number of pages7
JournalTopics in Geriatric Rehabilitation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • Biodex stability system
  • Parkinson
  • balance
  • fatigue
  • nonmotor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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