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Parkinson's treatment

The rehabilitation team at King's Daughters' Health provides specialized treatment for patients with Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions. These programs focus on communication and speech problems, as well as motor skills and balance. Using standardized treatment protocols, therapists at KDH help patients improve speech disorders and improve body movements.

Motor functioning

Working with our therapists, patients can expect to improve walking with larger steps, improve balance and improve trunk rotation. Treatment includes individualized sessions with the therapists over a specific period of time. Therapists assign patients exercises to practice at home and build a program in which exercises advance throughout the process.

Goals include:

  • Larger movements.
  • Intensive, high-effort practices.
  • Reinforcing the effort required to produce normal movements.
  • Translating movements into everyday activities.
  • Empowering patients with Parkinson's to improve their potential.

It's important for patients to remain active and continue moving. Research shows that Parkinson's patients who work to improve movement and function retain a higher quality of life. It also reduces a patient's risk of becoming impaired or disabled.

Communication and speech

Most patients with Parkinson's disease will develop speech problems that can progressively diminish their quality of life. These problems often include using a soft voice, mumbled speech, monotone speech or a hoarse voice. The most effective way to combat these issues is through effective speech therapy. Thanks to years of research, speech therapists at KDH work with Parkinson's patients to improve vocal loudness, speech understanding, facial expressions and speech confidence.

Specialized programs use individualized sessions for a set period of time. Therapists also provide patients with take-home exercises and build through a progression of steps to achieve success. Therapists will establish a baseline for patients at the start of the program and help them maximize outcomes. The earlier patients start the process, the better the outcomes.

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