Physical Therapy for Parkinson's

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Mobile Rehab provides in-home, outpatient Physical Therapy for seniors.



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Locally owned and operated in North Carolina since 2004

What is Parkinson's?

Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. It is caused by the degeneration of dopamine-producing neurons in the brain, which leads to a shortage of dopamine, a chemical messenger that helps to regulate movement.

The hallmark symptoms of Parkinson's disease include tremors, stiffness, and slowness of movement, also called bradykinesia. Other symptoms may include difficulty with balance and coordination, a shuffling gait, problems with speech and swallowing, and a decreased ability to smell. In addition to movement-related symptoms, Parkinson's disease can also cause non-motor symptoms such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, and cognitive changes.

The cause of Parkinson's disease is not well understood, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. While there is no cure for Parkinson's disease, there are medications and therapies that can help to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. These may include medications that help to replace or mimic dopamine in the brain, physical therapy and exercise programs to improve mobility and reduce stiffness, and occupational therapy to help with daily activities. In some cases, surgery may also be an option.

What are the symptoms of Parkinson's?

The symptoms of Parkinson's disease can vary from person to person and may change over time. The hallmark symptoms of Parkinson's disease are motor symptoms that affect movement. These may include:

  1. Tremors: Tremors or shaking, often in the hands, fingers, arms, or legs, that may occur when the limb is at rest.

  2. Rigidity: Stiffness or rigidity in the limbs or trunk, which can make it difficult to move or perform simple tasks.

  3. Bradykinesia: Slowness of movement, which can make it difficult to initiate and complete movements, and can cause a shuffling gait.

  4. Postural instability: Difficulty with balance and coordination, which can increase the risk of falls.

In addition to motor symptoms, Parkinson's disease can also cause non-motor symptoms such as:

  1. Depression and anxiety

  2. Sleep disorders such as insomnia or restless leg syndrome

  3. Loss of sense of smell

  4. Constipation

  5. Cognitive changes such as memory loss or difficulty with concentration

It's important to note that not everyone with Parkinson's disease will experience all of these symptoms. Additionally, some symptoms may be more pronounced than others depending on the stage of the disease. It is also possible for symptoms to vary from day to day or even hour to hour.

What causes Parkinson's?

The exact cause of Parkinson's disease is not fully understood, but it is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The disease is characterized by the degeneration of dopamine-producing neurons in a region of the brain called the substantia nigra, which leads to a shortage of dopamine, a chemical messenger that helps to regulate movement.

Genetic factors may play a role in the development of Parkinson's disease, although the majority of cases are not caused by a single genetic mutation. Research has identified several genes that may be associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, including the SNCA, LRRK2, and Parkin genes.

While there is no known cure for Parkinson's disease, there are medications and therapies that can help to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Additionally, ongoing research is aimed at developing new treatments that may slow or halt the progression of the disease.

How can physical therapy help with Parkinson's?

Physical therapy can play an important role in the management of Parkinson's disease. A physical therapist can work with individuals with Parkinson's disease to help improve mobility, balance, and flexibility, reduce stiffness and pain, and promote overall fitness and well-being.

Here are some ways in which physical therapy can help with Parkinson's disease:

  1. Exercise: Exercise is an important component of Parkinson's disease management, as it can help to improve mobility, balance, and coordination. A physical therapist can develop an exercise program tailored to the individual's needs and abilities, which may include aerobic exercise, strength training, and balance exercises.

  2. Gait training: Parkinson's disease can cause a shuffling gait and other walking difficulties. A physical therapist can provide gait training to help individuals with Parkinson's disease improve their walking pattern and reduce the risk of falls.

  3. Stretching and flexibility exercises: Parkinson's disease can cause stiffness and reduced range of motion in the joints. A physical therapist can provide stretching and flexibility exercises to help reduce stiffness and improve range of motion.

  4. Education and support: Physical therapists can provide education and support to individuals with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers, helping them to understand the disease process and providing strategies for managing symptoms.

  5. Assistive devices: Physical therapists can recommend and provide assistive devices such as canes, walkers, or wheelchairs to help individuals with Parkinson's disease maintain mobility and independence.

In addition to these benefits, physical therapy can also provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals with Parkinson's disease to exercise and engage in physical activity, which can promote overall health and well-being.

Frequently asked questions

Patients trust Mobile Rehab

The physical therapist came to our house and carefully reviewed our case. He designed therapies and strategies that have worked well for us. For example, my husband could not get off the floor by himself and I could not lift him when he fell. Together we learned techniques to cope with this situation in our home. Joshua designed fun and effective exercises to improve strength and flexibility. My husband can now get in and out of chairs and cars without help and walks more easily. Since we used equipment in and around the home, my husband can remember and apply what he has learned. Mobile Rehab accepted our insurance and worked out approval to provide services. We did not need a referral from our doctor. My husband and I highly recommend Mobile Rehab if you or a loved one needs physical therapy.Jerry from Pittsboro
I wanted to tell you how much better I think Mom is since starting your PT. She has been less off balance, quicker to equilibrate to standing, and has had more stamina. I also think she is less depressed and feels more accomplished. Josh has been prompt and polite, as well as engaging in conversation to make Mom feel at ease. Thank you!Karen Pool - Google Review
In my many years of experience with PT for a variety of injuries, I have never worked with a therapist as knowledgeable, energetic, patient, and committed to my recovery and health as Celeste. She is interested in the cause of the problem and finding solutions, rather than only dealing with superficial symptoms. The manual work she does always leaves me feeling better and the exercises/stretches she has taught me target exactly where the problems lie. I can tell that I’m noticeably stronger and more flexible because of them. Anyone who gets to work with Celeste is lucky indeed! Judy R - 72 years young 😉
Both my husband and I are working with Amy, a PT for Mobile Rehab. She has been helping me after knee replacement surgery, and is working with my husband with balance, strengthening and walking. She is a gem! She is enthusiastic, engaging, and always positive. I would gladly recommend Amy and Mobile Rehab to anyone who needs physical therapy!Mona Harrison - Google Review
Oh my goodness, I cannot say enough good things about my therapist, Jennifer. After having a complete shoulder replacement and being discharged by my doctor, he recommended that I could still need therapy to help get me back to “normal”. My friend in Asheville recommended Jennifer to me. I set up an appointment and Jen showed up, right on time, at my apartment with her folding table in tow. She was so knowledgeable about how my shoulder worked, the muscles, tendons and the rotator cuff. After working on the painful spots I complained about, she set up a plan to work out the stiffness and soreness. Now, after 2 visits per week for four weeks, I feel like a new woman. At her last visit, she gave me the coping skills I needed to keep my shoulder in good shape. I am so impressed with her work that I recommend her highly as my most favored therapist.Jane Cumby - Google Review
Deb's professional manner is greatly appreciated as she continues to help me maintain my mobility with a variety of exercises and movements. Her positive attitude during my sessions gives me a sense of well-being.Nancy C. - Google Review
Erin Rankin and Cheryl Reid are skilled physical therapists. As a Parkinson's patient, I have benefited greatly from their expertise. I feel that by keeping my muscles stretched, I have contributed to my current state of mobility. If they are going to be a few minutes late, they are thoughtful and considerate by sending a text to me. When scheduling appointments, efforts are made to accommodate my specific timing needs. Due to the longevity of our relationships, levels of trust have been built. Their pleasant personalities add to the care they give. I look forward to seeing them each week. Nancy C - Google Review
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The therapist from Mobile Rehab has been fantastic and very helpful to me. She clearly is the best PT I have ever had.Laureen F of Chapel Hill
Each time a PT moves on we think no one could be as good and them amazingly they seem to be even better. Have used for years and always with great satisfactionSue Clark - Google Review
I have been so impressed with Mobile Rehab. I've been working with Lacey K. DPT. post-op for a knee replacement. She is extremely professional, answers all of my questions and it seems not to bother her if I ask the same question again! She works me hard and that's what I need. She'll tell me either I'm doing it right or will correct me in a very calm and pleasant manner. Lacey explains everything I'm doing and why. I can't say enough good things about Mobile Rehab especially Lacey!Mary Beth Bryman - Google Review

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    We’ll help you check your insurance benefits. You do not need to be homebound and you should not be currently receiving any other physical therapy or skilled nursing services in the home.

  • Schedule an Evaluation

    We will match you with a therapist and have them contact you to plan a date, time and location that works best for you.

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Mobile Rehab in home physical therapy

Fall Prevention

We provide research-based, individualized fall prevention interventions that have been shown to greatly reduce your risk of falling and injuries, including the OTAGO fall prevention program.

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Mobile Rehab in home physical therapy

General Rehab

Avoid driving to a clinic and get the individualized care you deserve. We work with many conditions ranging from post-stroke, Parkinson’s, vertigo to rotator cuff dysfunction and much more. Contact us for details.

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After Home Health

We can improve care continuity by providing in home therapy even after you have been discharged by a Home Health agency. Avoid the hassle of driving and continue to make progress towards your goals.

Mobile Rehab in home physical therapy

Strength and Conditioning

We can help you improve your strength, mobility, range of motion, or any other functional limitations that impair your daily activity.

Mobile Rehab in home physical therapy

Pain Relief

We develop individualized care plans to help manage your aches and pains through exercise and hands-on techniques.