Parkinson’s Disease and Physical Therapy

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects the part of the brain responsible for producing dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain's reward and pleasure centers. Parkinson’s disease is rare, it affects over one million Americans and globally about 10 million people. At Madison Physical Therapy, we can provide great physical therapy in Brooklyn to help treat and manage your symptoms.


Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease usually take years to develop. The development of symptoms often varies from case to case because of how diverse the disease is. It is important to note that experiencing any one of thesymptoms below may not indicate Parkinson’s, but if you’re experiencing two or more you, should contact a medical professional. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Trembling and shakiness
  • Loss of smell
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Trouble moving or walking
  • Trouble sleeping

Risk factors

The following are some interesting statistics and facts about Parkinson’s and the people that it affects:

  • About one percent of people over age 60 have Parkinson’s.
  • Traumatic brain injuries has been linked with an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease years after the injury.
  • If you have close family members who have developed Parkinson’s disease, your chances of developing the disease are much higher.
  • Exposure to pesticides and herbicides over time may increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s.

Physical therapy in Brooklyn for Parkinson’s

Physical therapy can help you compensate for the changes brought about by the condition. These treatments comprise of acquiring new movement skills, strategies, and equipment. A physical therapist can teach you exercises to strengthen and loosen muscles. Many of these exercises can be performed at home. The goal of physical therapy is to improve your independence and quality of life by improving movement and function and relieving pain.

Physical therapy can help with:

  • Balance problems
  • Lack of coordination
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Gait
  • Immobility
  • Weakness

If you’re searching for great physical therapy in Brooklyn to give you the help you need, contact Madison Physical Therapy today so you can get treated today!