physiquality blog: helping patients with Parkinson’s disease stay active
One of the better assignments in my range of topics for my physical therapy clients is to trumpet the success of one of their programs. As a frequent flyer through some great PT clinics, I am always happy to show off some of the more unusual work that these healthcare experts do.
Before I heard about Jory Davis at Conshohocken PT, I never would have thought that a physical therapist could help Parkinson’s patients; it’s a neurological disease. But apparently Jory has become certified in a new technique that helps those with Parkinson’s disease. The exercises she does with her patients helps to retrain the brain and improve the patients’ mobility.
I can only imagine how much this helps those patients achieve more in their daily lives and feel more confident and independent as they go through their day. Read on to hear about what Jory has been doing at her clinic in Pennsylvania.
Helping patients with Parkinson’s disease stay active
Many people think of physical therapists as healthcare specialists that only focus on orthopedic injuries and rehabilitation. While generally all PTs are qualified to do that, many choose to specialize in related care, such as helping people with edema after treatment for cancer, working with older patients or patients in acute care, or focusing on patients struggling with a specific disease, like Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that can make daily movement and activities frustrating and time-consuming. PTs can play a vital role in managing the effects of Parkinson’s disease by helping an individual stay as active and as independent as possible.