Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive neurological disorder currently affecting more than 1 million people in the US. Incidence increases with age, and men are typically more affected than women. However, 4% of people with Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed before the age of 50. The best option for making lasting, life changing improvements is EXERCISE. Research shows early intervention and high intensity training are the best approaches to helping one battle this disease.
There is not one specific test used to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. Instead, 2 out of 4 of the main symptoms must be present for some time. Common symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease are slowness (bradykinesia), resting tremors, stiffness throughout the arms or legs, and loss of balance. They may also present with a softer voice. Non-motor changes in behavior, emotions, and memory can also occur over time. Family support is crucial as your loved one will need daily motivation and a strong commitment to fight back against Parkinson’s disease.
Medical interventions include medication and surgery, costing an average of $2,500 a year and $100,000, respectively. Medication is the current treatment, though not a cure. Some individuals may also benefit from deep brain stimulation, mostly to reduce fluctuations in medication, tremors, rigidity, and involuntary movements. Aside from medical management, exercise is the greatest supported means of improving, reducing, or halting symptoms.
Our staff here at Impact is trained and experienced in a variety of interventions to help restore function and allow those affected to regain independence and improve their quality of life. There are programs designed specifically for improving these symptoms, with supportive research, such as LSVT Big and Rock Steady Boxing. Nutrition and hydration are also important components to battling this disease and can make a difference in everyday life.
Our goal is to build a long-term relationship with you and your family to help fight against Parkinson’s disease. We would love to become a contributor to your health care team, and we are here to answer questions, help you regain your independence, and make a difference in your life.