Journal article

The effectiveness of an individualized, home-based functional exercise program for patients with sporadic inclusion body myositis

LG Johnson, DJ Edwards, S Walters, GW Thickbroom, FL Mastaglia

Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to investigate the effects of a functional exercise program on muscle strength and mobility in a group of patients with sporadic inclusion body myositis (IBM). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Seven patients with sporadic IBM were tested for muscle strength and functional capacities before and after a 16-week, patient-specific, home-based exercise program involving mild, daily, functional exercises. RESULTS: Significant improvements in isometric strength were demonstrated in all muscle groups tested and were maximal in the hip flexor muscles. In addition, walking and stair climbing times improved in all patients. The exercise program was well-tolerated, and th..

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