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Date of Award

5-1990

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

Laurie Lundy-Ekman, PhD, PT

Second Advisor

Daiva Banaitis, PhD, PT

Abstract

Parkinson's Disease affects over a half million people in the United States. These patients develop many of the signs and symptoms associated with the disease. One such sign is a shuffling gait pattern with decreased stride length. This study compared a stationary bicycling treatment to walking for improving stride length. A single group A-B research design was used. The group consisted of two subjects. No research has been found using this treatment, however, Van Oteghen (1987) reported success in her exercise program, which included stationary bicycling, for her father with Parkinson's Disease. The results of this study of a stationary bicycling treatment program to improve stride length for thsoe with Parkinson's Disease are inconclusive due to the variability of performance in Subject 1 and the continued increase in stride length during the gathering of baseline data in Subject 2. However, Subject 2 showed increases stride length during the treatment.

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