Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. There's currently no cure for Parkinson's and it is not yet know why people get the condition. The symptoms someone has and the way they progress are different for each person; the main physical symptoms are: tremor (usually in hand or arm), slowness of movement, rigidity. People may have an increased risk of falls.
Physiotherapists will assess how Parkinson’s is affecting your movement and function. This can be done whether you are newly diagnosed or have been diagnosed for some time.
In the early stages of Parkinson’s, your physio can give you advice, education and support in keeping up your fitness levels and maintaining good posture and movement. Recent evidence suggests high intensity exercise can have a neuro protective effect, with that in mind you may be suitable for our weekly PD classes which are run by PD Warrior accredited Physiotherapists for more information click here.
If you have more severe symptoms physiotherapy treatment may focus on your walking, transfers, functional tasks, freezing, 24-postural management, stiffness and balance to reduce the risk of falls helping you to remain as independent and sociable as possible. We find patients often benefit from treatment of pain symptoms that are not directly a result of the Parkinsons but an avoidable secondary complication.
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