The progression of Parkinson’s disease can lead to severe difficulties in movement, balance and coordination. Physical therapy can be a valuable tool in helping these patients regain their freedom of movement, improve balance, reduce the risk of falls, and greatly enhance the quality and functions of life.
That’s why Watson Clinic’s Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine department offers the services of three expert therapists who are specially trained and credentialed in the treatment of these patients.
“Through a 4-week structured program known as LSVT BIG training, patients can retrain their muscles to counteract the effects of Parkinson’s,” says Watson Clinic physical therapist Neelam Kansara, PT, DPT, who is certified in LSVT BIG therapy alongside licensed physical therapy assistants Kimberly Melaragni, LPTA and Nadia Valdez, LPTA. “We can assist in crafting a plan that works for each patient’s individual needs.
The therapy is helpful during all stages of Parkinson’s and is highly effective in improving gross motor skills. This program is customized to the specific needs of the patient and can be both adapted and progressed depending upon the patient’s overall functional capacity.
The team conducts these therapies from both the Watson Clinic Center for Specialized Rehabilitation at 2190 E. County Road 540A in Lakeland, and Watson Clinic Highlands at 2300 E. County Road 540A in Lakeland.
A physician referral is required to schedule an appointment for this service. For more information, visit WatsonClinic.com/PT or call 863-607-3739.