Physical, occupational and speech therapies are proven to be beneficial in the treatment of patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD).
PD often causes a functional decline as people with this become more susceptible to falls and find increasing difficulty with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as transitioning from sitting to standing, getting in/out of a bed or getting off a commode. PD affects the brain’s ability to control movements and keep these movements smooth and coordinated. People with PD often shake or tremor as a result.
Although neurological damage associated with PD cannot be reversed, physical therapy services can help people compensate for the symptoms they’re facing. Physical therapists can help patients grow stronger and more flexible with exercises that can be practiced at home. Physical therapy focuses on helping with balance, coordination, fatigue, pain and weakness.
Occupational therapy can help those with PD improve motor fuction to make life at home or the workplace easier. Occupational therapy focuses on a person’s ADLs such as cooking, cleaning, dressing oneself and other tasks a person performs in a normal day to live.
PD can also cause speech problems such as dysarthria (difficulty speaking) and dysphagia (trouble swallowing), which can be helped by a speech therapist.
Patients with PD have options. Regular focused exercise through a rehabilitation professional(s) will develop an individualized treatment plan to fit the patient’s needs.
Learn more about Southeastern Med’s rehabilitation services and talk with your doctor about a referral to one of our expert therapists.