Peripheral Neuropathies and Exercise

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Objectives:More than 100 peripheral neuropathies that may affect sensory, motor, and/or autonomic functions exist. This article reviews these heterogeneous conditions and presents evidence for exercises that may guide treatment and clinical practice.Data Sources:PubMed, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, MEDLINE, and Cochrane databases.Review Methods:Truncated terms for peripheral neuropathy and exercise; peripheral neuropathy and rehabilitation, peripheral neuropathy and physical therapy, with limiters to human, peer-reviewed studies published after January 2009. Most prevalent neuropathies were searched individually using similar strategies. Articles selected included systematic reviews and quasi-experimental studies.Conclusions:More quasi-experimental designs exist than randomized trials. Evidence exists for aerobic, strengthening, and balance interventions, but future studies are needed.

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