Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative nervous system disorder that affects a patient’s movement. There is no existing cure for Parkinson’s disease, however, when symptoms first appear, our physician can work with the patient to create a treatment plan that improves quality of life and slows the progression of the disease. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation of Long Island offers Parkinson’s rehabilitation on Long Island and seeks to help those affected by Parkinson’s disease optimize their movement and retain muscular control as long as possible.

How Parkinson’s Disease Affects Movement

Symptoms usually starts gradually and become more severe as the disease progresses. Common symptoms include:

  • Tremors or shaking. Tremors may occur with movement or when at rest. Hands and fingers are the most common.
  • Slowed movements, also known as bradykinesia, can make everyday tasks time consuming and laborious.
  • Rigid muscles. Muscle rigidity can occur in any part of the body and may be painful.
  • Impairment of balance and posture, including changes in gait.
  • Loss or impairment of automatic movements, such as blinking, smiling or swinging your arms as you walk.
  • Changes in speech. Slurring, loss of inflection or talking quickly may occur.
  • Changes in writing. It may become hard to write, and your handwriting may change.

Treatment and Management of Parkinson’s Disease

Though there is no existing cure for Parkinson’s disease, our physicians can provide a patient with options to help reduce symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Treatment options include pain management options, physical therapy, and a number of different lifestyle changes.

Parkinson’s rehabilitation on Long Island

While Parkinson’s disease does not have an existing cure, treatment for this disease can reduce symptoms, improve quality of life, and help the patient cope with symptom progression as it occurs. When seeking Parkinson’s rehabilitation on Long Island, be sure that you are seeking treatment from a team such as ours at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation of Long Island, where comprehensive and individualized attention is prioritized to maximize your quality of life. Contact us today to learn how we can help you today.