What is Parkinson's Disease?
Parkinson's Disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease which affects older adults. PD is a movement disorder which occurs when the nerve cells in the brain does not make dopamine, a brain chemical that affects body movement, thought process, mood, and decision making. PD can develop from an exposure to environmental toxins, a combination of genes, or lifestyle influences. Other factors which may affect your chance of developing PD includes sex, men are more likely to develop PD and age, people typically do not develop PD until around age 60 or older.
How Can A Physical Therapist Assist Patients With Parkinson's Disease?
Physical therapy for Parkinson's Disease will begin with a comprehensive assessment of your health history and current condition. Treatment varies for each patient, but typical treatment will include working toward increasing your strength, improving movement, managing your risk of falling, performing multiple tasks at one time, and improving your ability to fully use your hands.
Partaking in physical therapy will help you learn new exercises, move better, and get back to Loving Your Life again! Contact FYZICAL Ellenton today to start your physical therapy journey!