What is Parkinson’s Disease?
According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, as many as one million Americans are currently living with Parkinson’s Disease, a chronic, progressive neurological condition affecting the nervous system. Over the course of the disease progression, people suffer from mobility deficits including, but not limited to, difficulties with transfers, posture, balance, and walking. These often lead to the loss of independence, increased risk for falls, and increased risk for injury.
How can Physical Therapy help?
While physical therapy will not influence the progressiveness of the disease, a Physical Therapist can help facilitate improved daily function and reduced dependence by educating patients and their families in the use of compensatory strategies. Patients benefit from a targeted approach to strengthening and stretching appropriate muscle groups. Additionally, gait and balance training can improve, and/or slow the decline of the movement dysfunctions, improving safety while performing daily activities.
Patients may benefit from a Physical Therapy evaluation by one of our licensed therapists. Our therapists are well educated in the progression of Parkinson’s Disease and will create an individualized plan of care based on each patient’s specific needs. Our highly skilled staff of Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants will work to help their clients reach their highest level of functioning.
Additionally, Professional Therapy Services offers group exercise classes at various sites for those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. These group classes encourage people to continue to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle in a supportive, fun, and supervised environment. For more information about how the team of professionals at Professional Therapy Services can help you or someone you know, please contact any of our facilities.
Contact us to see how PTS can help YOU today! Although no physician referral is needed to see a physical therapist, some insurance companies may require a referral for coverage.