Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition that progressively diminishes your ability to control movement. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy might help you manage your Parkinson’s disease symptoms. The skilled team at Precision Rehab Occupational Physical & Hand Therapy provides comprehensive rehabilitative care for Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Call the office in the Fresh Meadows area of Queens, New York City, or Little Neck, New York, or schedule an appointment online today.
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition affecting the neurons in the brain that control motor movement. It’s a progressive condition that worsens over time.
With Parkinson’s disease, neurons in a certain area of the brain — substantia nigra — become impaired or die. These neurons produce dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter that helps brain cells communicate.
Without these neurons, dopamine production slows down, affecting the function of another part of your brain — basal ganglia — that controls motor movement. When dopamine levels decline, Parkinson’s disease symptoms occur.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive condition. Symptoms vary in type and severity but may develop in stages.
During the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, your symptoms may be mild and go unnoticed. However, you may feel tired and uneasy during this stage or develop a slight tremor when standing.
During the mid-stage, your symptoms may start to worsen. Your tremors may be more noticeable, and you may have muscle stiffness and movement problems. You may also feel off-balance and fall a lot.
During the mid-late stage, you may have difficulty walking and need devices like a walker.
In the advanced stage, you may be in a wheelchair or bedridden.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition affecting the brain and spinal cord. More specifically, MS occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the nerve fibers and myelin sheath in the brain and spinal cord, disrupting nerve cell communication.
MS is unpredictable and causes a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, difficulty walking, or numbness and tingling.
There are no cures for Parkinson’s disease or MS, but rehabilitation with the experts at Precision Rehab Occupational Physical & Hand Therapy can help you manage symptoms.
The team includes neurological rehab experts who customize care plans for their patients with Parkinson’s disease and MS to improve physical and psychological well-being. Your therapy plan may include:
The team provides ongoing therapy, adjusting your care plan as your functional needs change.
To schedule a consultation with the experts at Precision Rehab Occupational Physical & Hand Therapy, call the office or book an appointment online today.