For Patients

We offer both one time physical therapy consultations and on-going physical therapy treatment with our physical therapists who have expertise in treating Parkinson Disease. We use contemporary, evidence-based treatment approaches to ensure that we are providing the best care possible.

Like the dentist or your neurologist, regular visits to your physical therapist will optimize your care and improve long term outcomes.   We recommend starting physical therapy shortly after the diagnosis of PD with regular follow-up visits, approximately every 6 months. This model emphasizes early detection of changes and facilitates a prevention approach. Making ongoing changes to your exercise program is essential to optimizing your outcomes and quality of life. The figures below give an example of the traditional model and the revised model that we use.

Consultations

Our consultation service includes:

  • A comprehensive examination by physical therapists with expertise in a variety of neurological disorders, using special assessment tools to measure your abilities
  • Answers to your questions about exercise and the role of physical therapy in managing your neurological disorder
  • Recommendations for a plan of exercise and/or physical therapy services that best suit your needs and goals
  • Follow-up visits: Weeks, months or years after your initial consultation, we can modify your exercise program or treatment plan as your needs change, serving as an ongoing resource for you in managing your symptoms.

Comprehensive Individualized Treatment

Based on the results of your examination, we provide an individualized treatment program that may include:

  • A variety of exercises to help you stay active, optimize your day-to-day function and improve your quality of life
  • Stretching, strengthening and cardiovascular fitness training to help increase your flexibility, strength, fitness and energy level
  • Strategies to help you maximize your safety, independence and mobility in your home and community
  • Follow-up visits: Once you’ve completed your individual sessions, we can assess your progress and help meet your needs over time.

What to Expect During Your First Visit

Your first appointment at the Center for Neurorehabilitation will consist of a consultation with a physical therapist to determine the best course of treatment for you.  The consultation will include:

  1. A comprehensive examination by a physical therapist with expertise in Parkinson disease
  2. An assessment of your walking ability, balance, activities of daily living, quality of life and PD symptoms
  3. Answers to your questions about exercise and the role of physical therapy in managing your condition
  4. Recommendations for a plan of exercise and/or physical therapy services that best suit your needs and goals

For an appointment with our center, please call Leslie at 617-353-7525.

What to Expect During Ongoing Treatment

Based on the results of your consultation, we will prescribe an individualized treatment program that may include:

  1. A variety of exercises to help you stay active, optimize your day-to-day function and improve your quality of life
  2. Stretching, strengthening, balance and cardiovascular fitness training to help increase your flexibility, strength, balance, fitness and energy level
  3. Strategies to help you maximize your safety, independence and mobility in your home and community

Regular consultations with your PT can optimize your day-to-day functioning and quality of life. At your consultation, your PT will discuss exam findings with you. Based on your goals and your needs, your PT will work with you to develop a treatment plan. The number of PT visits will be tailored to each individual. We are committed to working with you to meet your needs.