Physical Therapy

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

  1. Does your clinic see people with Parkinson’s disease?
  2. 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

  1. What can I do to make my home environment safer?
  2. I tend to have problems with ___________ (walking, getting out of bed, standing). What can I do to make this easier?
  3. I always fall or lose my balance when _________. Can we work on ways to prevent falling or to improve my balance?
  4. What cues can I use to prevent freezing and to help my walking?
  5. What exercises or stretches can I do to help my posture?
  6. What should I do if I fall? How should I get up from the floor?
  7. How can I conserve my energy so that I can still function in the afternoon?
  8. 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