skip to main content

Parkinson's Disease and Rehabilitation

Parkinson’s Disease2019-01-23T02:36:05-04:00

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine, a chemical directly linked to movement, motivation, and addiction. Parkinson’s is a chronic and slowly progressive disease, and its progression differs for everyone.

There is no standard diagnostic test for Parkinson’s. Rather, the diagnosis relies on clinical information provided by the patient and the findings of a neurological exam administered by an internal medicine physician or neurologist. If testing for Parkinson’s, try to be as specific as possible about any symptoms you may be experiencing.

While the cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown, there is no cure, and the symptoms of the disease typically worsen over time. But medications and physical therapy can help Parkinson’s disease patients manage better the challenges associated with symptoms.

866-236-8727
REQUEST INFORMATION
866-236-8727
REQUEST INFORMATION

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine, a chemical directly linked to movement, motivation, and addiction. Parkinson’s is a chronic and slowly progressive disease, and its progression differs for everyone.

There is no standard diagnostic test for Parkinson’s. Rather, the diagnosis relies on clinical information provided by the patient and the findings of a neurological exam administered by an internal medicine physician or neurologist. If testing for Parkinson’s, try to be as specific as possible about any symptoms you may be experiencing.

While the cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown, there is no cure, and the symptoms of the disease typically worsen over time. But medications and physical therapy can help patients better manage the challenges associated with symptoms.

PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAMS

The LSVT LOUD® (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment LOUD) program is designed to improve voice volume, intonation, facial expression, and articulation.

The voice treatment consists of four weeks of rigorous speech therapy, entailing one-hour sessions per week, with the goal of increasing patient’s voice and speech abilities.

These sessions stress the idea of “thinking loud in order to speak loud” and uses exaggerated motions and behaviors. Through video documentation, the patient’s loudness is measured through a series of voice exercises using a decibel sound meter. Targeting the vocal chords is a way of expanding the patient’s capability of speaking more fluently despite the conditions of Parkinson’s.

To learn more about LSVT LOUD® call 732-294-2700.

The LSVT BIG® was created as a branch of LSVT LOUD® and addresses limb motor systems.

The LSVT BIG® (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment BIG) component is a four-week exercise program that helps Parkinson’s patients expand their range of motion by using larger movements to improve mobility. By practicing exercise-based treatments, patients may improve function and possibly slow progress of motion symptoms.

LSVT programs are used by speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists to promote high-amplitude movements.

To learn more about LSVT BIG® call 732-294-2700.

Rock Steady Boxing is designed specifically for people with this degenerative movement disorder to help with motor skills, balance, speech, and sensory function. The program is tailored to the fitness levels of all stages of Parkinson’s—from newly diagnosed to those who’ve been living with it for years. The exercises in the program help patients improve agility, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination and overall strength. The program incorporates non-contact boxing, stretching, bicycling, running, jump roping, push-ups, and balancing.

The Rock Steady program meets twice per week and is led by certified trainers/coaches. One class is based on an individual’s specific abilities and the other is a group class open to all individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Rock Steady Boxing serves both men and women of all ages and levels of ability.

A physician’s referral is required to get started. For more information about the Rock Steady program, call 732-294-2700.

CentraState’s Fitness and Wellness Center offers group exercise programs up to three times per week. The Parkinson’s Wellness Program consists of supervised exercise and group support designed to help you improve your function, quality of life and more effectively manage symptoms commonly associated with Parkinson’s disease, such as stiffness, immobility and gait abnormalities.

PHYSICIANS

Susan Lage, D.O. SL

Susan Lage, D.O.

Neurology

Sergey Bogdan, M.D. SB

Sergey Bogdan, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Megdad Zaatreh, M.D.

Megdad Zaatreh, M.D.

Epileptologist, Neurology

Amos Katz, M.D.

Amos Katz, M.D.

MS Center, Neurology

Caren Marks, M.D. CM

Caren Marks, M.D.

MS Center, Neurology

Ali Valimahomed, M.D.

Ali Valimahomed, M.D.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Vasko Gulevski, M.D. VG

Vasko Gulevski, M.D.

Neurology

Rajat Kumar, M.D. RK

Rajat Kumar, M.D.

Neurology

Raymond Esquires, M.D. RE

Raymond Esquires, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Amor Mehta, MD

Amor Mehta, MD

Epileptologist, Neurology

Scott Woska, M.D. SW

Scott Woska, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Michael Moussouttas, MD MM

Michael Moussouttas, MD

Neurology

Robert Pannullo, M.D. RP

Robert Pannullo, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Boris Furman, D.O. BF

Boris Furman, D.O.

Neurology

James Ware, M.D.

James Ware, M.D.

Neurology

Francisco Del Valle, M.D. FD

Francisco Del Valle, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Terence McAlarney, M.D. TM

Terence McAlarney, M.D.

MS Center, Neurology

Paul Kostoulakos, DO PK

Paul Kostoulakos, DO

Neurology

David Frank, M.D.

David Frank, M.D.

Neurology

Maria Choy, M.D. MC

Maria Choy, M.D.

Neurology

Samantha Kanarek, DO SK

Samantha Kanarek, DO

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Evander Duck, M.S., M.D. ED

Evander Duck, M.S., M.D.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Jia Zhen Cheng, MD JC

Jia Zhen Cheng, MD

Neurology

Arun Nangia, M.D. AN

Arun Nangia, M.D.

Neurology

Gary Yen, M.D.

Gary Yen, M.D.

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Lydia A.
Lydia A.

Lydia Arana, 79, is a soft-spoken woman, living with Parkinson’s disease but not willing to let it keep her down. The Matawan resident was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disease in 2007 and has lived with fluctuating levels of intense tremors for years, but last year she started the [...]

Read More

Ken S.
Ken S.

Rock Steady Boxing can help patients improve balance, strength, and agility. Ken Springer goes to the gym twice every week to box his enemy. But he’s not fighting against any ordinary opponent—this one is a degenerative movement disorder that causes a deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech, and sensory function. [...]

Read More

Mark H.
Mark H.

Before the program, Mark Herman was falling frequently. “He was very unsteady,” his wife, Barbara, recalls. “Frankly, it was very frightening.” Mark, a Jackson resident, had been living with Parkinson’s disease for the past four years, and his now 72-year-old body was having difficulty performing everyday tasks. His recurrent falls were [...]

Read More

REQUEST MORE INFORMATION