Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder in which the levels of chemicals in the brain that help with movement and coordination decrease. Approximately 1 million people in the US have Parkinson's.
Common symptoms include tremor, stiff muscles, slow/limited movement (such as decreased arm swing and difficulty initiating movement from rest as when rising from seated position), and difficulty with walking/balance due to tendency to take small steps and/or shuffling.
Why choose us?
When you choose
RehabAuthority for your care needs, you are choosing a team dedicated to providing the support and healing needed to get you back to your best. Our therapists will develop a personalized treatment plan unique to your needs leveraged through leading, outcomes-driven techniques intended to improve movement and overall function goals.
About our team
Our physical therapists are specially trained in a range of specialties. We will also work collaboratively with your support network - from primary doctors to collegiate athletic trainers - to help you safely return to your day-to-day life while optimizing performance and preventing re-injury. We treat patients of all ages, and we pride ourselves on ease of access, convenience, quality of care, and a positive family-friendly environment.
At physical therapy appointments, we encourage patients to wear comfortable clothing that enables free movement and that allows the therapist access to the injured body part. Most patients wear athletic clothes to their appointments.
LSVT BIG is a standardized, research-based therapy protocol and is delivered by LSVT BIG certified physical therapists. It differs from other forms of therapy in that it focuses completely on amplitude of movement (big movements) to recalibrate the body to what "normal" movements should feel like. LSVT BIG is an intensive program that is administered in 16 sessions over a single month to address the unique movement impairments for people with Parkinson's disease and there are 8 specific exercises all focused on core movements that are used in daily living. The outcomes include reduced fall risk, improved movement amplitude, ability to walk and quality of life.
PWR!Moves is a standardized, research-based therapy protocol specifically designed to treat Parkinson’s patients. It is delivered by PWR Certified physical therapist or licensed assistants. The program’s core is functional exercise movements which are performed with a large amplitude, high effort, and attention to action in multiple postures. These moves target 4 skills shown by research to interfere with mobility in people with Parkinson’s. The program is also appropriate and adaptable for patients across the spectrum of disease severity. Outcomes include improved gait, balance, executive function, language, slows functional decline, and improved quality of life.
Which works for me?
After your evaluation, let your therapist decide which exercise program is best for you. It is never too early or too late to start an exercise program for Parkinson's. Research has demonstrated functional improvements at all stages of the disease. Your therapist will determine which treatment protocol best suits your needs.