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Neurodegenerative Disorders

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CommonNeurodegenerative Disorders treated: Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic condition that affects the nervous system and can cause a range of symptoms, including muscle weakness, balance problems, and fatigue. Physical therapy can be an effective treatment option for people with MS, and a physical therapist may use a variety of interventions to help manage the condition. Some of the interventions that a physical therapist may use to treat MS include:

  1. Exercise therapy: Exercise can help improve strength, balance, and mobility in people with MS. A physical therapist may prescribe specific exercises to address these issues, such as balance training or resistance training.

  2. Gait training: Gait training can help improve walking ability in people with MS. This may include practicing walking with assistive devices, such as canes or walkers, or using a treadmill with body-weight support.

  3. Functional training: Functional training involves practicing everyday activities, such as getting in and out of bed, sitting down and standing up, and reaching for objects. 

  4. Range of motion exercises: Range of motion exercises can help improve joint flexibility and prevent muscle stiffness and contractures in people with MS.

  5. Energy conservation techniques: MS can cause fatigue, and our physical therapist may teach energy conservation techniques to help manage this symptom. 

  6. Education and counseling: Our therapist may provide education and counseling to people with MS and their families to help them understand the condition and its management, and to address any emotional or psychological issues that may arise.

Overall, a physical therapist will work with each individual to create a personalized treatment plan based on their specific needs and goals.

CommonNeurodegenerative Disorders treated: Parkinsons disease 

Physical therapy interventions for Parkinson's disease are focused on improving movement, balance, flexibility, and overall physical function. The specific interventions a physical therapist may use can vary depending on the individual's unique needs and the stage of the disease. Some of the common interventions used by physical therapists to treat Parkinson's disease include:

  1. Exercise: Physical therapists may prescribe exercises to improve strength, balance, and flexibility. 

  2. Gait training: Our physical therapist can help individuals with Parkinson's disease improve their gait, or walking pattern, through specific exercises and strategies.

  3. Postural training: Our physical therapist can help individuals with Parkinson's disease improve their posture and balance through exercises and strategies to maintain an upright position.

  4. Coordination training: Our physical therapist can use specific exercises and activities to improve coordination and movement control.

  5. Education: our Physical therapist can provide education on energy conservation, pacing, and strategies to improve daily activities.

  6. Assistive devices: Our physical therapist can evaluate the need for assistive devices such as walkers, canes, and braces to improve mobility and safety.

Overall, physical therapy interventions for Parkinson's disease are aimed at improving quality of life, maintaining independence, and reducing the risk of falls and other complications associated with the disease.

Common Neurodegenerative Disorders treated: ALS, Huntington disease and Alzheimers disease

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): Physical therapy can help manage symptoms such as weakness and spasticity, and improve overall physical function and quality of life.

  • Huntington's disease: Physical therapy can help manage symptoms such as movement disorders, balance problems, and muscle weakness, and improve overall physical function and quality of life.

  • Alzheimer's disease and other dementias: Physical therapy can help maintain physical function and independence, manage symptoms such as balance problems and weakness, and improve the overall quality of life.

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