How can Vestibular Physical Therapy Help with Parkinson's Disease?
Get moving EARLY and take control! Parkinson’s does not affect everyone the same way and it is important to find the right plan that works for your individual needs. A physical therapist, trained in the treatment of people with movement disorders, can help listen to you and teach you the skills required to overcome and even prevent physical and cognitive barriers. Even if you are not experiencing many symptoms, you will benefit from an exercise program that will help minimize loss of function and mobility in the future. You will also develop long term exercise habits to help with change in the future.
What should you expect from an evaluation with a physical therapist?
It is important to seek out a physical therapist that has experience working with people who have Parkinson’s. Together you will review your medical history and medications. A physical therapist can also perform movement screens that may expose early signs or symptoms that you may or may not be aware of. Testing will include an assessment of range of motion, strength, balance, coordination, posture, walking, and endurance. Next you will work together to set up goals that fit your specific needs to improve or maintain function.
You want to learn more about how physical therapy can help with Parkinson's Disease?
Call and speak with me! I would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have.
What do I need to do before getting evaluated by a physical therapist for Parkinson's Disease therapy?
Speak with your neurologist, movement disorder specialist, or primary care physician about a referral for physical therapy. Or if you need help with the process, call a physical therapist and ask for advice on how to speak with your doctor.