Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic degenerative disorder of the nervous system that impairs both movement and coordination. In the United States alone, more than 60,000 people are diagnosed annually with this debilitating condition. While most cases occur in the 60 and over age bracket, 40 and 50 year olds have also been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
No matter what the age of onset, an essential component of any successful treatment plan should include a clinical differential diagnosis (CDD)* from a physical therapist specialized in movement disorders and trained in manual therapy. At Hart Physical Therapy, we have learned from years of experience that the earlier an accurate physical diagnosis is made, the better the chances are for a successful treatment outcome. This is because Parkinson’s is a progressive condition and early symptoms such as tremors and muscle stiffness, if left unattended, can lead to impaired balance and coordination as well as increased rigidity.
If you are experiencing Parkinson-like symptoms or have already been diagnosed with the condition, you owe it to yourself to undergo an in-depth evaluation from Hart Physical Therapy to assess your rehabilitation strategies. Mary Hart is a physical therapist with more than 30 years of experience in identifying and treating the root cause of movement disorders. Certified in proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, (PNF),** she provides specialized, hands-on therapy, while working in close coordination with other movement disorder specialists including neurologists. Her focused approach to Parkinson’s Disease can shed new light on the cause of your particular symptoms and aid in designing an effective, individualized treatment plan. At Hart Physical Therapy, we can help you make the changes that will change your life for the better.
* DEFINITION OF THE CLINICAL DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS (CDD) At Hart Physical Therapy, we have developed a screening method to detect structural spasticity, the presence of which we are able to confirm through MRI scanning and EMG, a type of neurological testing. Our team approach, utilizing primary doctors and neurologists to corroborate our clinical findings, helps ensure a rehab program tailored to your specific needs.
** DEFINITION OF PROPRIOCEPTIVE NEUROMUSCULAR FASCILITATION (PNF) is a highly effective form of rehabilitation therapy that can improve trunk stability as well as muscle flexibility, strength and coordination in the arms and legs.