Parkinsons is a progressive neurological condition. Degeneration of the central nervous system causes the sufferer to experience problems in motor skills, speech and other functions. One person in every 500 has Parkinson's in the UK which amounts to approximately 120,000 people. Most people who have this condition are over 50 years of age, however there are also younger sufferers.
Common symptoms of Parkinsons are:
These can cause problems with balance, pain and reduced mobility leading to increased chance of falls.
Other physical and psychological symptoms which may be experienced can include
Physiotherapy - The key goals of treatment that are often identified are:
Occupational Therapy – An OT can assist with activities of daily living, adaptations and equipment for home and mobility.
Speech and Language therapy - A SLT can provide support, treatment and advice in communication, speech and swallowing.
Medical management – Prescribing and monitoring of medication for pain relief, muscle spasm, and mood.
Other professions that can be involved include Psychologists and Dieticians
PhysioFunction’s highly specialised neurological physiotherapists, therapy assistants, sports therapists, personal trainers and OT are able to deliver tailored programs for clients who have Parkinsons.
Some examples of the therapy you may receive includes:
An early referral to Neurological Physiotherapy is recommended although we are able to provide treatment for those who have been managing the condition for longer