Parkinson’s, or Parkinson’s disease (PD,) is a progressive, neurodegenerative condition.
Parkinson’s most often occurs after the age of 50 and is one of the most common nervous system disorders of the ageing populations. The condition is caused by the slow deterioration of the nerve cells in the brain, which create dopamine. Dopamine is a natural substance found in the brain that plays a major role in our brains and bodies by messaging, and therefore communicating across various systems.
Some non-motor aspects (sleep problems, low mood, constipation and loss of sense of smell) occur several years prior to observable motor symptoms develop. Physiotherapists are most often involved in the mid stages of the condition, once balance and mobility become affected, but it can be helpful if they can assess and advise people soon after diagnosis in order to maintain activity and prevent problems.
The American Academy of Neurology notes that the following clinical features may help predict the rate of progression of Parkinson’s:
Basal ganglia dysfunction affects the automatic (involuntary) nature of our movements. This includes:
Unfortunately, outcome potential varies from case to case depending on the severity of your symptoms and it is important to understand your prognosis from the offset. At Physioimpulse we make sure to discuss your goals and activities to ensure that you can achieve maximal participation in your daily activities.
At Physioimpulse, we aim to help support you in the following ways:
At Phyioimpulse we provide the following treatment for your limitations, including:
* N.B.: We are a private OUTPATIENT clinic; we do not have supportive hospital equipment on site such as respiratory aids, walking aids, cranes, harnesses or additional supportive devices you would expect to find in a hospital environment. Our Bath Sports Centre and Phase One clinics are wheelchair accessible; however, please check with your GP and/or consultant that you and/or your care patients are suitable for outpatient rehabilitation before attendance.
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