Locate a PT
Locating a physical therapist who specializes in Parkinson’s can be challanging. Presented on this page is a listing of resources which can help you find physical therapists.
1. The American Parkinson’s Disease Association National Resource Center for Rehabilitation is based at Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and puts you in contact with a licensed physical therapist who can answer questions about exercise, provide information about programs in your area, and supply free educational materials about the benefits of exercise for people with PD. CALL 888-606-1688 or click here for their website. They maintain a listing of physical therapists nation wide who are knowledgeable in Parkinson’s disease.
2. The National Parkinson’s Foundation (NPF) has a website which allows you to search for local resources: click here . Once you are on the website, click on your state to find: Centers of Excellence (medical centers) and NPF Chapters which provide people with Parkinson’s and caregivers access to local resources and services, such as support groups, exercise and wellness classes and educational programs
3. PWR (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery) Program is a comprehensive exercise approach offered by a trained clinician. Therapist’s who have undergone this training have a greater knowledge of PD and are better able to address your needs. The frequency and duration of treatment is determined by the clinician. It is appropriate for all levels of disease severity.You may also find a ‘fitness expert’ such as personal trainers who have undergone this training and can guide you after you have completed your physical therapy.Click here to find a therapist or fitness expert near you.
4. LSVT BIG is an exercise training program offered by a physical or occupational therapist which has been found to be beneficial in improving Parkinson’s symptoms. It focuses on increasing the size of your movements through a series of exercises. It is appropriate for early and moderate PD. Per protocol, LSVT BIG requires therapy sessions 4 times a week for 4 weeks and it’s approach is not as comprehensive as the PWR program. There is an address listing of therapists who are certified in this type of training. Click here to find a therapist near you.