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How does physical therapy work in treating Parkinson's disease?

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Physical therapy can help with problems brought on by Parkinson’s, including:

Many hospitals offer outpatient physical therapy services. You may need to get a doctor's order to get it.

  • Balance problems
  • Lack of coordination
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Gait
  • Immobility
  • Weakness

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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