Has a physical therapist helped your life with Parkinson’s disease (PD)? This month, we join with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in recognizing National Physical Therapy Month, which thanks physical therapists and physical therapy assistants for their efforts to help people to improve and restore movement.
For many people with PD, physical therapy is an important part of their treatment plan, and their physical therapist is an important member of the health care team.
How can physical therapy help in PD? Research has shown that it can improve a variety of PD symptoms, including, gait and balance issues. By improving muscle strength, gait and balance, it can help people with Parkinson’s disease to stay active and keep doing the things they enjoy. Often, physical therapy is an important component for falls prevention, which keeps people with Parkinson’s safe and healthy.
A physical therapist can also help to suggest adaptive devices (e.g., canes, cueing devices) and to develop an exercise program tailored to a person’s abilities and interests. It is important to note that physical therapy can help at any stage of PD — it is never too early or too late to begin.
Do you want to thank a physical therapist? Share your comments and experiences below.
Are you looking for more information on physical therapy and its role in PD? Browse our library of PD ExpertBriefings, which includes seminars on the following:
- Physical Therapy & PD: What You Need to Know
- The Effects of Exercise on PD
- Gait, Balance and Falls in PD
Be sure to tell a physical therapist you know about our online course in Parkinson’s disease designed by expert PTs in the field. It is available online here.
For further questions, contact our HelpLine at (800) 457-6676 or firstname.lastname@example.org. And please join PDF in thanking all of the physical therapists who help to improves the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease!