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Tests, Treatments & Procedures

Outpatient Movement Disorders Rehabilitation

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease or another movement disorder doesn’t mean that you have to stop moving the way that you want to.

At the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, we offer outpatient movement disorders rehabilitation therapy options that can maximize your quality of life and independence.  Our team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists have advanced training in the management of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, including certification in the LSVT-BIG, LSVT-LOUD, and PWR!Moves protocols.

Our treatment plans are highly individualized and based on patient performance and goals identified during a one-on-one evaluation session.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists (PTs) at our outpatient rehabilitation center can help you improve your strength, flexibility, and posture.

As a result of physical therapy for Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, you can feel more agile and strong while you are moving, thereby reducing your risk of injury and falls.

Compensatory strategies and exercises trained are specific to your area(s) of need. We will help you incorporate a plan of care that includes

  • education
  • caregiver training
  • development of home exercise programs to ensure carryover and long-term success

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists (OTs) focus on therapies that help you retain your independence with self care and leisure activities.  We teach you techniques that will help you retain your independence in your activities of daily living (ADLs) or adapt to progressive changes in your health and function.  Treatment may include training in the use of adaptive equipment that improves or restores function and independence during tasks.

Speech Therapy

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs), also known as Speech Therapists (STs), can help you if you have difficulty being understood due to unclear or slurred speech, and/or changes in voice quality.  Speech-language pathologists also provide evaluations and interventions for individuals who have experienced difficulty swallowing or those who have had changes in cognitive skills.

Outpatient Rehabilitation Center

Technology

Our therapists incorporate state-of-the-art technology and equipment into your plan of care so you can achieve your maximum potential.  Some examples of the technologies used in our center include:

  • pressure mapping walkway
  • gait trainer with harness system
  • balance trainer with 5-foot force plate
  • neuromuscular electrical stimulation for swallowing
  • Dynavision
  • slip simulator

In addition, we have simulated home environments that help you achieve greater independence in your daily life:

  • simulated kitchen environment
  • simulated bathtub and shower
  • recliner
  • lift chair
  • queen-sized bed (pillow top)

Special Programs

  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) screening clinic
  • Fall Prevention Program
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Program