Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the central nervous system affecting one’s movement. The disease affects the nerve cells in the brain producing dopamine. Parkinson’s often begins with a tremor in one hand and then develops to slow movement, stiffness, and loss of balance.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
- Muscle rigidity
- Changes in speech
- Changes in gait
After diagnosis, a Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Treatment Plan at Spine and Sports Medicine can help relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s, however, there is no cure. Symptoms of Parkinson’s symptoms most commonly begin appearing between the ages of 50 and 60 – developing slowly – to motor and non-motor skills. Early onset of Parkinson’s is possible for some people between the ages of 21 and 40. Juvenile Parkinson’s has also been diagnosed in cases under 21.
Tremor – shaking – often in the hands, arms, legs occur during waking hours. Tremors are present in the sitting or standing still position. These tremors lessen when the body moves.
Rigidity and aching muscles is one of the most common early signs of Parkinson’s. Rigidity affects the face, neck, legs, and other parts of the body causing muscles to feel tired and achy.
Slow – Limited Movement
Slow, limited movements are present with Parkinson’s – especially those from a resting position. For example, it is difficult to get out of a chair or turn over in bed.
Weakness in Face and Throat Muscles
Experiencing Parkinson’s, one may find it more difficult to talk and swallow. Choking, coughing, or drooling is prevalent. Speech becomes soft and monotonous. Loss of movement in the muscles in the face cause a fixed, vacant facial expression. This is referred to as the Parkinson’s Mask.
Difficult Walking and Balancing
One suffering from Parkinson’s is likely to:
- Take small steps and shuffle the feet closely together
- Bend forward slightly at the wait
- Have trouble turning around
- Lose balance
- Have posture problems
- Frequently fall
- Have brief inability to move – freezing of movement – suddenly while walking
- Experience aches and pains throughout the body
Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Care for Parkinson’s Disease
To diagnose Parkinson’s, the Doctors at Spine and Sports will diagnose the root cause of your symptoms through:
- A complete patient medical history
- A physical examination
- Neurological Testing (EMG/NCV)
- X-Rays, MRI, or CT scan – as deemed appropriate
Upon arriving at an accurate diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, the Multidisciplinary Team at Spine and Sports Medicine will design a treatment plan specifically tailored to alleviate your symptoms and increase your quality of life.
Multidisciplinary Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease
At Spine and Sports Medicine, effective treatment of Parkinson’s symptoms can be achieved through a Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Team Approach. Effective physical therapy at Spine and Sports Medicine is comprised of:
- Manual Therapy
- Therapeutic Exercises
- High Tech Exercises
- High Touch Exercises
- Weight Resistance Exercises
- Postural Corrections
- Tailored Home Exercise Program
Gold Standard Pain Management
Other highly effective pain management treatment methods at Spine and Sports Medicine include:
- Medical Massage
Medical Insurance Coverage for Parkinson’s Therapeutic Treatment
At Spine and Sports Medicine, there is no requirement for you to obtain an outside primary physician referral to have the cost of your Parkinson’s treatment covered by your insurance plan. Most insurance plans cover the cost of treating the symptoms stemming from Parkinson’s. Our insurance experts will help you to determine your coverage and assist in processing your claims.
Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Treatment in One Convenient Location
If you believe you or a loved one are suffering from the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and have been delaying seeking treatment, discover effective relief provided by a multidisciplinary therapeutic practice in one convenient Midtown Manhattan location – at Madison Avenue and 40th Street.
Reach out to the multidisciplinary team of pain management experts at Spine and Sports Medicine by clicking below – or – call 212.986.3888.