Physical therapy can play an important role in wellness for people affected by Parkinson’s disease.
Questions to Ask When Scheduling a Physical Therapy Appointment
- Does your clinic see people with Parkinson’s disease?
- Do any of your therapists have special training in treating people with Parkinson’s disease or other neurological conditions?
Questions to Ask Your Physical Therapist
- What can I do to make my home environment safer?
- I tend to have problems with ___________ (walking, getting out of bed, standing). What can I do to make this easier?
- I always fall or lose my balance when _________. Can we work on ways to prevent falling or to improve my balance?
- What cues can I use to prevent freezing and to help my walking?
- What exercises or stretches can I do to help my posture?
- What should I do if I fall? How should I get up from the floor?
- How can I conserve my energy so that I can still function in the afternoon?
- Are there strategies for moving that will be helpful during “off” times?
For More Information
Speak with a licensed physical therapist who can answer questions about exercise, provide information about programs in the caller’s area and provide educational materials:
Toll Free Exercise Helpline (sponsored by APDA and Boston University): (888) 606-1688