Parkinson's Disease

Individual Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Long Hill Township, NJ

Parkinson's disease presents with a wide array of symptoms which can affect your movement, limit your independence, and increase your risk for falls. At Individual Physical Therapy in Gillette, New Jersey, Dr. Neiswinter will evaluate each patient and determine a customized program including exercise, stretching, and balance and gait training for each patient. Call or book your appointment at Individual Physical Therapy online.

Parkinson's Disease Q & A

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder which targets the central nervous system and affects movement and speech.

What are the common symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?

Symptoms can start with barely noticeable issues such as a tremor in one hand, impaired balance, or shorter steps when walking. Tremors are commonly seen in those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease; however, there are other characteristic symptoms. Additional symptoms include forward head or leaning trunk posture, feelings of stiffness, slowing of movement which can include shuffling when walking, and impaired balance - all of which can lead to a higher risk of falls.

How does physical therapy help patients with Parkinson’s Disease?

People with neuromuscular conditions such as Parkinson’s disease often find physical therapy can improve strength and flexibility, and decrease pain and stiffness. It is part of an array of Parkinson’s Disease treatments.

It is common with Parkinson’s Disease to experience smaller movements or be told by others of these smaller movements. Physical therapy can work on your effort and amplitude of movement to improve your function with activities and increase your level of independence.

As we learn more about how beneficial exercise is to people with Parkinson’s disease through research, physical therapy is becoming an essential part of treatment plans for this population.

Dr. Neiswinter and his team will help you develop an exercise routine that is right for you. The team at Individual Physical Therapy can also help address certain symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease such as dystonia, freezing episodes, and gait instability.

Learn more about physical therapy treatments to improve joint paint by calling Individual Physical Therapy or using the online booking feature.