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Fairview rehabilitation services for Parkinson's Disease

Rehabilitation services for people with Parkinson's Disease

The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) range from slight to severe. They can come and go or steadily worsen. Some changes occur so gradually at first that you may not notice them.

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Our rehabilitation therapists can help identify changes in the way you move or speak and teach you how to deal with these changes as you manage this disease.

Early identification and treatment helps slow progression of the disabling effects of Parkinson’s. Rehabilitation can aid you in managing symptoms and improving your strength and ability to control your movements. Therapists also work with you to help you maintain and increase your independence.

Slowing the progress of PD
Therapy can help improve:
  • Movement-related issues
  • Balance and fall problems
  • Speech and communication difficulties
  • Tremors
  • Memory and cognitive issues
  • Problems with daily activities

We have a plan for you
Physical therapy works with movements such as walking, and getting in and out of bed or a car. Our therapists work with you to develop an individualized exercise program to help maintain and improve:
  • Muscle strength
  • Balance and reduce risk of falls
  • Flexibility and reduce stiffness
  • Walking quality and speed

Occupational therapy focuses on your ability to perform daily activities like bathing, dressing and preparing meals. Our therapists work with you to improve your upper body range of motion. They may recommend a variety of adaptive tools to help with everyday tasks. Our occupational therapists help maintain and improve:
  • Daily living skills
  • Hand function/fine motor skills
  • Tremor management
  • Energy management
  • Memory and cognition (ability to think and process information)

Speech-language therapy helps people with Parkinson’s disease improve their ability to communicate by improving speech and voice quality, voice strength and facial expression. Speech-language pathologists can work with you to maintain and improve:
  • Speech
  • Voice
  • Swallowing
  • Communication activities
  • Memory and cognition (ability to think and process information)
Parkinson's Disease Support Group
We also offer a Parkinson’s Disease Exercise and Support Group at two convenient locations.
Minneapolis
Maple Grove

Big and loud therapy
BIG therapy
Many people with Parkinson’s develop a hunched or shrunken posture. Movement can be stiff and slow and walking may be reduced to a shuffle. In BIG therapy, physical therapists with specialized training in the LSVT treatment method help you incorporate big, expressive movements to retrain your muscles and brain to move more normally. BIG therapy helps you:
  • Walk faster with bigger steps
  • Improve balance
  • Increase trunk rotation
 
Therapy usually consists of 16 one-hour sessions, provided four times a week for four weeks. However, this can be modified to an individualized plan after an evaluation with a certified therapist.

LOUD therapy
Nearly 90 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease will likely suffer from speech and voice disorders, including soft voice, monotone, hoarseness, breathiness and mumbled words. LSVT® LOUD therapy can help dramatically improve loudness and quality of speech. Speech-language pathologists with specialized training in the LSVT treatment can help you to:
  • Increase vocal loudness
  • Reduce mumbling
  • Improve facial expression
  • Reduce swallowing difficulties

Therapy usually consists of 16 one-hour sessions, provided four times a week for four weeks. However, this can be modified to an individualized plan after an evaluation with a certified therapist.

Learn how we can help
Most health plans require a doctor’s order for rehabilitation services. Check with your insurance provider regarding coverage. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the location nearest you.

Locations by city:

Burnsville

Chisago City

Edina

Maple Grove

Milaca

North Branch

Rush City

Saint Francis

Saint Paul

Wyoming

Zimmerman

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