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When to see a physical therapist

Wednesday February 08, 2012

I was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease 3 years ago and have never seen a physical therapist.  How do I know when I need one?

Physical therapy (PT) helps movement and muscular strength. A physical therapist evaluates and treats problems related to mobility, motor control, and musculoskeletal conditions. The goals of PT are to maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout life.   A PT can help anywhere from diagnosis to end of life. 

The emphasis is not simply on treating symptoms of balance and coordination, but to retrain  your nerves and muscles to aproximate a more normal movement pattern and to prevent problems with posture, balance, loss of flexability and reduced stamina for daily activities. 

Get the help you need!. Ask your doctor if a referral is best for you. The Wellness Center has more information on how to set up your comprehensive team and includes a checklist to see if you would benefit from PT and other specialists. Learn more…

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