2018 Volume 30 Issue 12 Pages 1440-1445
[Purpose] The effect of physiotherapy on stooped posture in Parkinson’s disease patients remains to be clarified. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate whether comprehensive physiotherapy-based rehabilitation can improve stooped posture in Parkinson’s disease patients. [Participants and Methods] The participants were Parkinson’s disease patients with stooped posture. Outpatients were assigned to the control group and inpatients to the postural rehabilitation group. The outcomes measured were trunk bending angle, lumbar lordosis, and thoracic kyphosis. Each group was assessed at baseline and 1 month later. [Results] Of 22 participants identified, 20 were included, with 10 participants in the postural rehabilitation group and 10 in the control group. The age in the postural rehabilitation group was significantly greater than that in the control group, while other parameters were comparable in both groups. After the month-long intervention, the trunk bending angle and lumbar lordosis were significantly improved in the postural rehabilitation group compared to the control group. [Conclusion] The results showed improvement in stooped posture in the postural rehabilitation group as compared to the control group. Furthermore, improvement of lumbar lordosis accompanied improvement of stooped posture. These findings suggest that comprehensive physiotherapy-based rehabilitation may improve stooped posture in Parkinson’s disease patients.