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Physiotherapy for Alzheimer’s Disease: A Case Report

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Ambreen Fatima ,
Ambreen Fatima

Department of Physiotherapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, Galgotias University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Pragnya Jyoti Dash ,
Pragnya Jyoti Dash

Department of Physiotherapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, Galgotias University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Sachin Gupta ,
Sachin Gupta

Department of Physiotherapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, Galgotias University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Sumera Khan ,
Sumera Khan

Department of Physiotherapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, Galgotias University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Abstract

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurological condition characterized by brain changes resulting in the accumulation of specific proteins, leading to brain shrinkage and eventual cell death. It is the primary cause of dementia, resulting in a gradual decline in memory, cognition, behaviour, and social skills, impairing overall functionality. The case study involves an 84-year-old woman displaying symptoms of Alzheimer's disease requiring physiotherapy rehabilitation. Assessment reveals joint pain, abnormal gait, respiratory issues due to pneumonia, reduced balance and cognitive function, concentration difficulties, impaired decision-making, fluctuating moods, and behavioural issues such as depression and aggression. Physical examination shows shoulder shrugging and slight tension in the upper trapezius muscle. The rehabilitation program involves various interventions like stretching, strengthening, aerobic exercises, breathing exercises, lung clearance techniques, active range of motion exercises, postural control, and gait training. The role of the physiotherapist is to address the both physical and cognitive decline and improve mood and behaviour.

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Fatima A, Jyoti Dash P, Gupta S, Khan S. Physiotherapy for Alzheimer’s Disease: A Case Report . Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation / Rehabilitacion Interdisciplinaria [Internet]. 2024 Mar. 11 [cited 2024 May 30];4:83. Available from: https://ri.saludcyt.ar/index.php/ri/article/view/83

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