Parkinson’s Disease Treatment
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disorder commonly presented with tremors, slowness of movement, gait and balance issues. Additional problems could be with speech, sensory disturbances, sleep issues, cognitive decline and psychological issues. Most of this will directly affect the day-to-day activities of individuals and result in reduced independence, that might lead to social isolation.
Comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to individuals with Parkinson’s can help in improving strength, balance, flexibility, cognitive function and emotional wellbeing. Evidence shows that specialized Parkinson’s program will help slow down the disease process.
Rehabilitation services required for Parkinson’s patient:
- Medical therapy– Medications play an important role and the primary doctor will prescribe medication for slowing down of disease and reducing symptoms
- Physiotherapy– Qualified physiotherapist will have a personalized program comprising of:
- Strength training is importance element and it can reduce tremors
- Gait, balance and mobility training
- Occupational therapy– Occupational therapist will plan specialized therapeutic activities to handle daily activities at home and when outside. Special attention to be given with cues and safety training for activities of daily life.
- Speech and swallow therapy– Speech and language pathologist will work on improving speech and swallowing.
- Respiratory Therapy– Respiratory therapist will work to improve functioning of respiratory muscles
- Nutrition counselling– Dietician can prescribe personalized diet based on the medical condition, drug-food interactions and preferences.
- Psychosocial interventions– Clinical psychologist will manage general emotional wellbeing, depression and social isolation.