neurological disorders

Neurological Disorders

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that affects the brain’s nerve cells. It is a progressive disease that causes slurred speech, severe tremors, and irregular facial expressions. Physical therapy has been shown to help patients with Parkinson’s disease because it improves flexibility and strength. Physical therapy can help to address problems such as gait, freezing, and dystonia, and is an essential part of many Parkinson’s treatment plans.

Stroke

Stroke is a leading cause of disability in adults. Strokes occur when a vessel in the brain becomes blocked or begins to bleed, causing the surrounding brain tissues to become starved of oxygen and damaged. Strokes can cause lasting damage including paralysis, difficulty speaking, muscle weakness, and drooping facial features. Physical therapy is a critical component of stroke rehabilitation and can help to improve the symptoms following a stroke as well as prepare the patient for life after a stroke. Your physical therapist can help you improve your gait, balance, muscle strength, and speech, train you on how to use assistive devices and provide training for your caregivers.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a degenerative disease that affects the ability of the brain and spinal cord to communicate with the body. MS causes patients to feel weakness, fatigue, and pain. Physical therapy can help to manage the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, especially through stretches to ease muscle spasms, exercises to keep muscles strong, and specific range-of-motion exercises for movement. Physical therapy can help MS patients to improve their body movement, even as the condition progresses. In addition, a physical therapist will help train both the patient and caregivers on how to best use assistive devices such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair.

Neurological conditions are known to respond well to physical therapy. At Health in Motion, our therapists possess the knowledge and experience to help to ease your symptoms and gain back function. Each patient has unique needs, and our therapists will provide you with an individualized treatment plan for success.