Services for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Services for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders

Physical therapy

For many sufferers, the most common and troubling symptoms – lack of coordination, balance, walking and postural problems – can be effectively addressed through physical therapy. A customized program of therapeutic exercises, with guidance from one of our specialized therapists, can also help with flexibility and fall prevention.

Occupational therapy

Dr. Santiago Toledo and a Parkinson's Patient

Occupational therapy helps patients maintain and improve their level of self-care, work and leisure activities, with special attention to challenging activities of daily living, such as showering and getting dressed, preparing food and eating. Many patients receive help with handwriting, which commonly becomes small and cramped.

Speech therapy

Speech therapy addresses speech and communication difficulties commonly experienced by people with Parkinson’s disease, whose voices tend to become soft and muffled. In addition to traditional speech therapy techniques, the program’s speech and language pathologists are certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT-Loud), an innovative and effective technique for improving voice volume by retraining patients on the level of effort needed to produce sound.

LSVT-Big effectively applies the same principles to limb movements, and a new integrated program, LSVT-Big and Loud, simultaneously targets speech and limb motor control.

For most people with Parkinson’s disease or related disorders, there is no reason not to continue working. However, if work becomes difficult or unsafe, our vocational rehabilitation specialists can help determine what job duties you can realistically and safely continue to do; suggest adjustments in work schedule or assignments, or modifications in the workplace; and teach techniques for performing specific job duties.

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