LSVT Big: The Latest Parkinson’s Treatment Option

 

Did you know Parkinson’s disease affects more than 1 million people in North America and more than 4 million people worldwide? In the United States, Parkinson’s disease occurs in approximately 13 per 100,000 people, and about 60,000 new cases are identified each year. Keep reading to learn about the latest Parkinson’s disease treatment option, LSVT Big.

Source: ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/parkinson-disease

 

LSVT for Parkinson’s disease
Michelle Schuman, PT, Kaitlyn Davies, PT and Stacie Jackson, PTA

What is LSVT Big?

LSVT Big is an exercise treatment program for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). It is a research-based exercise approach developed from principles of the effective Parkinson’s specific speech treatment of LSVT Loud. Research on LSVT Big has documented improved ratings on tests of motor functioning in people with PD following treatment.

What does the treatment consist of?

  • 16 sessions: 4 consecutive days per week for 4 weeks
  • Individual 1-hour sessions
  • Daily homework practice
  • Daily carryover exercises

Therapists at Prairie Rehabilitation tailor your treatment to your own abilities and goals so that you work toward what’s meaningful to you. We will help you “re-calibrate” to recognize when your movements are smaller or slower than you think. All in all, the LSVT Big program at our clinic is designed to help you be more comfortable and confident with your movements in everyday life.

How can Prairie Rehabilitation help you?

At Prairie Rehabilitation, we make it a priority to provide the best care. LSVT Big has documented improved ratings on tests of motor functioning in people with PD following treatment. Some improvements include:

  • Faster walking with bigger steps
  • Improved balance
  • Increased trunk rotation
  • Improved strength
  • Everyday tasks such as getting dressed, putting on shoes, etc.

To learn more about LSVT Big, please click here. To schedule an appointment or get more information, please call our main office at 605-334-5630. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

A full list of our outpatient clinic locations can be found here.

 

Kaitlin Davies, PT at Prairie Rehabilitation
Kaitlin Davies, PT at Prairie Rehabilitation

My name is Kaitlin Davies and I am a certified LSVT Big physical therapist in the Worthington, MN and Tea, SD regions. Parkinson’s can be a challenging diagnosis; however, through LSVT Big, patients begin to realize the function they can maintain and continue living with Parkinson’s. Never give up, continue working through life with a BIG attitude and with BIG movement!

About Prairie Rehabilitation

At Prairie Rehabilitation our Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Hand Therapy and Speech Therapy experts are passionate about helping our patients reclaim their way of life and function. It’s about you; you are unique with distinct qualities, abilities, and needs. At Prairie Rehabilitation we embrace the philosophy of “Patient First” care; treating each individual with precise and personalized care. To achieve the best results and to speed your recovery, we are committed to utilizing the most clinically proven and current concepts in rehabilitation.

About the Private Practice Section of the APTA

Founded in 1956, the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association champions the success of physical therapist-owned businesses. Our members are leaders and innovators in the health care system. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 85,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students of physical therapy nationwide. For more information, please visit www.ppsapta.org.

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Dry Needling: Can it help you?

 

At Prairie Rehabilitation, many of our physical therapists are utilizing a new specialty therapy that can soothe muscle pain, ease migraines, speed recovery and more – Dry Needling.

 

What exactly is it? Does it hurt? How does it work? Who can it help? Michelle Schuman, PT helps answer these questions.

 

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a specific treatment technique that uses a solid filament needle to treat muscle trigger points that are creating pain. This technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle. To learn more details about dry needling, please click here.

 

Does Dry Needling hurt?

First, therapists start by consulting with the patient on treatment preferences.

 

“There may be some discomfort when the needles are placed, but it is often brief. Patient’s often have some soreness in the hours following, but as this subsides relief from pain is often experienced,” said Michelle.

 

Some patients may not even feel the needles going in, and others experience immediate relaxation or relief, as the technique releases muscle tension.

 

How does Dry Needling work?

Patients are evaluated by a physical therapist that is trained in dry needling to see if it would be an appropriate treatment for them. If so, the therapist inserts needles into the tissue or trigger point to stimulate the tissue. This triggers responses from the body including increased blood flow and oxygen to the muscle tissues, the release of tension in muscle fibers, increased flexibility of the tissue, and stimulation of natural pain relievers in the body.

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Dry needling being performed on a patient’s hamstring.

Who can Dry Needling help?

 “Dry needling is an extremely effective treatment for patients who have acute and chronic pain, joint dysfunction and/or decreased flexibility,” said Michelle.

Common conditions dry needling is used for include:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip pain
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Muscular low back pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Tension headaches and migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Hamstring strains
  • Calf tightness/spasms
  • Scar tissue
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Dry needling being performed on a patient’s quadricep.

To schedule an appointment or get more information, please call our main office at 605-334-5630. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.  A list of our outpatient clinic locations can be found here.

 

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Michelle Schuman, PT at Prairie Rehabilitation

 

About Prairie Rehabilitation

Prairie Rehabilitation

At Prairie Rehabilitation our Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Hand Therapy and Speech Therapy experts are passionate about helping our patients reclaim their way of life and function. It’s about you; you are unique with distinct qualities, abilities, and needs. At Prairie Rehabilitation we embrace the philosophy of “Patient First” care; treating each individual with precise and personalized care. To achieve the best results and to speed your recovery, we are committed to utilizing the most clinically proven and current concepts in rehabilitation.

 

About the Private Practice Section of the APTA

 Founded in 1956, the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association champions the success of physical therapist-owned businesses. Our members are leaders and innovators in the health care system. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 85,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students of physical therapy nationwide. For more information, please visit www.ppsapta.org

 

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Physical Therapy: A Safe Alternative to Opioids for Pain Management

No one wants to live in pain, but no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain free. Doctor-prescribed opioids are appropriate in some cases, but they just mask the pain – and opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. That’s why the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends safer alternatives like physical therapy to manage pain. Physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and patient education – and by increasing physical activity you can also reduce your risk of other chronic diseases.

 

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Physical Therapy’s Role in Maintaining a Healthy Spine

As we age, regular exercise plays an increasingly prominent role in reducing the risk of developing spine-related problems. For those in or approaching the golden years, it’s important to live an active lifestyle that focuses on healthy posture, function and movement.

It’s normal to experience some functional decline as our bones and intervertebral discs deteriorate over time, but that doesn’t mean that aches, pains and joint stiffness should go unaddressed. And yet, a good portion of senior citizens in the United States are living with spine-associated pain: A European Spine Journal study found that back and neck pain are top complaints among about 20 to 25% of the population over 70 years old.

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Physical Therapy for Psoriatic Arthritis: 6 Things You Should Know

An expert answers common questions about how physical therapy can help people with psoriatic arthritis, and how to get started.

Living with psoriatic arthritis can mean chronic joint pain and swelling, constant fatigue, and a limited range of motion that makes daily activities a challenge. But working with a physical therapist can alleviate some of these symptoms.

Regular exercise helps keep the joints functioning properly. That’s where physical therapy comes in, according to Maura Daly Iversen, doctor of physical therapy, a professor and associate dean of clinical education, rehabilitation, and new initiatives at Northeastern University in Boston.

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