j04067721Rehabilitation is an important part of a comprehensive care approach. A comprehensive care approach goes beyond treating movement and non-movement related symptoms of PD. It aims to work “outside the box” to reduce disability, maintain independence, promote healing and enhance safety. 

Members of the treatment team concentrate on all aspects of the patient’s needs: movement, ability with daily activities, communication and social needs, success in relationships, self awareness, emotional health, wellness and even hobbies. Counseling, education and support are an important function of each team member, and comprehensive care is enhanced when you, the patient, take an active role in your care. This combination of individual initiative and group concern give you the tools to do your best, strengthen hope, and deal with life changes, daily frustrations or new challenges. your care

Rehabilitation specialists that can help 
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech and Swallowing therapists
Goals of Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation does more than treat problems in advanced disease. Rehabilitation is an important part of your care throughout, even in earliest stages at diagnosis. Your rehabilitation specialist can help you with the following goals:

  • Treat and reduce symptoms
  • Establish a safe and targeted exercise program based on health, current activity level and symptoms
  • Delay and/or prevent future symptoms of disease progression
  • Establish optimal life strategies, habits, and goals
  • Enhance work and home related chores

You may have a medical center that specializes in Parkinson’s care in your community. If you do not, you can still assemble your own team. Avoid making this an overwhelming task. Begin by prioritizing your problems or concerns and search for a specialist that can address those issues. Use the Comprehensive Care Worksheet to identify they type(s) of rehabilitation specialists that can help with your problems.


Monique L. Giroux, MDMonique L. Giroux, MD
Guest Blogger, Former Medical Director of NWPF