Exercise is at the Core of Parkinson's Disease Treatment

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A disease that affects the motor and cognitive system can be treated well by physical therapy and exercise, Daniel M. Corcos, PhD, said.

At the 21st International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, Daniel M. Corcos, PhD, professor physical therapy and human movement sciences at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, explained where exercise sits in the scope of comprehensive Parkinson's disease (PD) care.

"I think it is at the core," Corcos said.

To explain the encompassing symptoms of PD, Corcos explained how in countries such as Holland, a PD patient could be treated by as many as 19 specialists for varying conditions.

"It is a multi-factorial problem, and it requires a multi-factorial solution," Corcos said.

But a consistently effective treatment for PD symptoms — from hypertension and apathy, to cognition and motor skills — is exercise.

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