The effect of exercise on functional capacity in Duchenne muscular dystrophy Duchenne musküler distrofide egzersiz tedavisinin fonksiyonel kapasite üzerine etkisi

Yilmaz Ö. T., KARADUMAN A. A., Yakut Y.

Fizyoterapi Rehabilitasyon, vol.13, no.3, pp.129-134, 2002 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Journal Name: Fizyoterapi Rehabilitasyon
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.129-134
  • Keywords: Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Exercise, Functional capacity
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


Purpose: This study was done to investigate the effect of exercise on functional capacity of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) with progressive muscle weakness. Material and methods: This study was carried out on 22 patients with DMD diagnosis. Patients were evaluated at 1., 3. and 6. months and were followed with a home program. Their body weights, range of motion, base of support, functional status, manual muscle tests scores of 9 muscles in lower extremity, 10 m. walking and fast walking and independence in walking activity were assessed. Results: Although muscle strength and time required to perform an activity were protected; increase in body weight, limitation of ankle dorsiflexion and support surface were found statically meaningful in the 6 months period (p<0,05). Discussion: Although the muscle strength and time activity performance were stable, the walking parameters were influenced from the prognosis of the disorder.