Parkinson’s Disease Programs

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a neurologic condition that affects a person’s ability to move. It is the second most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease and has a prevalence of nearly 1 million people in the US, with an additional 60,000 diagnosed each year.

Symptoms typically develop gradually over time and may include a tremor—shaking at rest, bradykinesia—slowness of movement, rigidity—stiff/inflexible muscles, and gait or balance problems—freezing of gait or festinating gait. Due to the variability in the presentation and progression of PD, the presence of the disease tends to come before a formal diagnosis. While there is no cure for the disease process, extensive research is being conducted exploring various genetic and environmental components.

There are several treatment options for Parkinson’s Disease that can improve your overall quality of life and independence. Physical therapy treatments such as LSVT BIG® and Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!®) are designed specifically for individuals with PD. Each program provides one-on-one individualized treatment specific to your symptoms, abilities, and goals. Consistent participation in these programs can promote neurologic changes, helping individuals “recalibrate” their movements to move bigger and better in daily life.

If you are interested in learning more about how these treatments can benefit you, Brittany Tronnes, PT, DPT at Bodyworks Physical Therapy is certified in both LSVT BIG® and PWR!® programs and is happy to answer any questions you may have.

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