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How does physical therapy help Parkinson's disease?

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Physical therapy can’t reverse or cure Parkinson’s. But it can help you find ways to make up for limitations brought about by your condition. These "compensatory treatments" include learning about new movement techniques, strategies, and equipment. A physical therapist can teach you exercises to strengthen and loosen muscles. The goal of physical therapy is to help you be more independent and to improve the quality of your life.

SOURCES:

National Parkinson Foundation: "Managing Advanced Parkinson's Disease."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Physical Therapy in PD."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions: Occupational Therapy."

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center: "Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy for Parkinson's Disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Guidelines for Occupational Therapy in Parkinson's Disease."

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

National Parkinson Foundation: "Managing Advanced Parkinson's Disease."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Physical Therapy in PD."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions: Occupational Therapy."

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center: "Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy for Parkinson's Disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Guidelines for Occupational Therapy in Parkinson's Disease."

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

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