Strengthening Beneficial for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Reference:Dalgas U, et al Resistance training improves muscle strength and functional capacity in multiple sclerosis. Neurology. 2009 Nov 3;73(18):1478-84.
This RCT published in the journal Neurology, involved moderately impaired patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).
The patients were randomized to one of 2 groups:
1)Progressive resistance training exercise group (2x/week for 3 months)
Basic Results: The improvements in lower extremity strength and functional capacity scores weresignificantly better in the exercise group at 3 months and even after 6 months!
Clinical Relevance: Three months of progressive strength training provided by a physiotherapist can significantly improve function in individuals with MS. The benefits persist if the patient is simply instructed on self-guided exercises.
Personal Comment: Although the number of subjects involved in this study was small, it is still a valuable reference to have at your fingertips for the next patient you see with a diagnosis of MS.
Posted on: December 27, 2010
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