While not all movement disorders can be cured, many can be managed effectively. Scripps offers extensive rehabilitation programs for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.
Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common movement disorders. Parkinson’s disease causes are not known and its onset is progressive, meaning symptoms get worse over time. While no cure is yet available for Parkinson’s disease, its symptoms can be managed with proper diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, including physical, occupational and speech therapies.
Depending on the type and progression of the movement disorder, the Scripps neurology team will recommend personalized care plans to achieve the best possible outcome. Treatment plans usually include one or more of the following therapies:
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy and rehabilitation
- Surgical intervention, including:
- Deep brain stimulation (DBS)
- Pallidotomy, a procedure in which a surgeon makes a scar in part of the brain called the globus pallidus, where the tremor-causing brain activity originates
- Thalamotomy, a procedure in which a surgeon destroys a part of the brain called the thalamus, which controls some involuntary movements
- Dopamine pump, for continuous infusion of dopamine gel into the intestines
Scripps offers an extensive range of rehabilitation programs for people living with Parkinson’s. Our goal is to help individuals relieve symptoms and learn skills to manage some of the physical and neurological problems caused by the disease.
Scripps physical therapists are specially trained to care for people with neurological conditions. Many have advanced certifications, including Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) certification, Neurological Clinical Specialist (NCS) certification, and Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LVST) certification.
We offer a variety of physical therapy services for Parkinson’s disease, including:
- Gait assessments
- Balance assessments
- Evaluation of daily living activities and adaptations
- Driving safety assessments
- Recommendations for energy conservation
- Recommendations for work simplification
- Treatment for bladder control issues, including incontinence
- Swallowing evaluations and treatments
The following Scripps Health locations in San Diego County offer treatment and outpatient rehabilitation services for people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, including physical, occupational and speech therapy: