Parkinson's disease is a nervous system disorder that affects movement, producing symptoms such as tremor, stiffness, rigid muscles, speech problems and trouble walking.
Its onset is progressive, meaning symptoms get worse over time, but while Parkinson’s can’t be cured its symptoms can be managed with proper diagnosis and treatment, including physical, occupational and speech therapies.
The goal of rehabilitation for people with Parkinson’s is to help alleviate symptoms and compensate for some of the physical and neurological problems caused by the disease. Specifically, therapy can address:
- Muscle and joint stiffness, pain and weakness
- Balance problems
- Lack of coordination
- Trouble walking (gait)
- Speech and voice problems