Worsening of symptoms is associated with lower physical activity levels in individuals with multiple sclerosis

Robert W. Motl, P. A. Arnett, M. M. Smith, F. H. Barwick, B. Ahlstrom, E. J. Stover

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Abstract

The present study examined the relationship between the worsening of symptoms across a 3-5-year period of time and self-reported physical activity in a sample of 51 individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS). Of the 51 participants, 35 reported a worsening of symptoms over the 3-5-year period of time. The worsening of symptoms was associated with significantly and moderately lower levels of self-reported physical activity independent of depression and EDSS scores and MS-disease course (P = 0.04). This study provides novel evidence that a worsening of symptoms is associated with lower levels of physical activity in individuals with MS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-142
Number of pages3
JournalMultiple Sclerosis
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

Keywords

  • Exercise
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Physical activity
  • Symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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