Physical Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease in Hinsdale, IL
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological condition affecting the nervous system and the body’s nerve-controlled regions. It causes shaking movements, rigidity, and slow motion. It becomes worse over time. As the disease worsens, physical therapy can assist people with Parkinson’s disease in maintaining their mobility and physical ability. Dr. Omar Hussien, PT, MSc, DPT, and his team of professionals at Progressive Physical Therapy provide physical therapy for Parkinson’s disease. For more information, contact us today or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 15 Spinning Wheel Road Ste. 24 Hinsdale, IL 60521.
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Parkinson’s disease has a few common symptoms that are associated with their physical abilities, such as motor function, balance, and gait, with even very small muscle movements becoming difficult to control. One of the most common types of physical treatments that are recommended for patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s is physical therapy.
Studies have provided ample evidence to support the importance of physical therapy as a part of treatment for patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease as it can be used to improve or prevent the worsening of their balance, gait, and strength. Most recommended physical therapy treatments for such patients will include resistance training, gait, and balance training, as well as regular exercise, but will often be customized depending on the specific symptoms and abilities of each patient.
One commonly recommended type of physical therapy for many patients managing Parkinson’s disease is LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) BIG therapy, which effectively slows down the progression of hypokinesia (the smaller movements similar to shuffling that is common among those with Parkinson’s) and to retrain the muscles. LSVT BIG involves encouraging the patients to make large, exaggerated physical movements such as swinging their arms and high steps.
Other types of physical therapy that are commonly recommended for the management of the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease include:
– Balance Work
– Reciprocal Patterns
– Strength Training
Physical therapy is an essential component of the management of symptoms associated with as well as slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease, with exercise, in general, providing substantial benefits to patients in that it can positively impact the way that the brain can respond to behavioral changes. Continuing to engage in physical therapy allows for the brain to continuously learn new ways of thinking and moving and helps the cells throughout the entire body (as well as the brain) to stay healthy. Parkinson’s can quickly affect the patient’s ability to move and physically function, directly affecting their ability to walk due to changes to their gait and balance. Physical therapy encourages the patient to continue working the affected muscles while focusing on their balance and gait, effectively slowing down the progression of the physical symptoms, and even reversing the negative effects that the disease has had on the patient’s body in some cases. Every patient with Parkinson’s disease will have a personalized treatment plan that will likely consist of a variety of treatments, but physical therapy will almost always be included in that plan.
Many of the symptoms that develop with Parkinson’s disease are physical, affecting the patient’s strength, ability to walk or move normally, tremors, stiffness, and slowed movements. While there remains no cure yet determined for Parkinson’s, there are many treatments available to help patients manage their symptoms, with physical therapy being a significant component for managing many of the physical symptoms. Enough exercise and engaging in physical therapy that has been personalized and recommended for the treatment plan of each patient can be very effective in preventing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease from worsening but has also proven to improve the symptoms in some patients. So, while the disease itself cannot be cured or improved through physiotherapy, the symptoms can be effectively managed, often significantly improving the quality of life for patients.
Improving Parkinson’s for patients will typically include any treatments, medications, or lifestyle changes that they include that are effective in managing their specific symptoms, resulting in a better quality of life. In most cases, several types of treatments will be included in a treatment plan to help the patient manage their particular symptoms, perhaps including a recommended level of physical exercise, types of physical exercise (aerobics, physical therapy, occupational therapy), maintaining a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and regularly getting the recommended amount of sleep. Many patients will be prescribed medications to help further manage symptoms such as tremors, providing these patients with dramatic improvements in their symptoms. In some more advanced cases, surgery may be recommended to further minimize symptoms if possible, and to improve the patient’s quality of life.
Physical Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease maintains and enhances the degree of functionality and independence, which will contribute to an individual’s quality of life. For more information, contact us today or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 15 Spinning Wheel Road Ste. 24 Hinsdale, IL 60521. We serve patients from La Grange IL, Westmont IL, Lombard IL, Downers Grove IL, Elmhurst IL, and surrounding areas.