What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement and muscular coordination. Although this condition cannot be cured, treatment can help to control symptoms.
What are Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s often begins with a tremor in one hand, followed by slowed movement, stiff muscles, and easy loss of balance. Other symptoms can include involuntary movements, fatigue, difficulty thinking and understanding, and problems with coordination. Also common is difficulty swallowing, fear of falling, loss in contrast sensitivity, neck tightness, and limping.
These are just a few of the many symptoms that may accompany Parkinson’s. Please consult a doctor for medical advice, in addition to seeing a physical therapist.
How can Physical Therapy Help?
Physical therapy can help to improve one’s balance, walking speed, and ability to do daily activities—such as bed mobility, or getting in and out of a car. In addition, high-intensity therapy can act as neuro-protection for the brain and may help to slow the progression of symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease.
It is best to start physical therapy with minimal symptoms, but therapy can help during all stages of Parkinson’s disease.
Our Therapy Services:
Dry Creek physical therapists are certified to deliver LSVT BIG therapy, a method of intervention shown to improve scores on the United Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale. If you believe that you or a loved one are suffering from Parkinson’s, please contact us for an evaluation with a specialized physical therapist.