A therapist assists a patient with one of his exercises. Our research-based therapy is an effective Parkinson's disease treatment.
Parkinson's disease affects millions of people around the world, and approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the condition every year. At MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, our team of physical, occupational and speech therapists are dedicated to providing outstanding Parkinson’s disease treatments. They have completed Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s and are certified in two effective Parkinson's disease treatments, LSVT BIGTM and LSVT LOUDTM.
What is Parkinson's Disease?
Parkinson's disease occurs when the nerve cells in the brain that control muscle movement gradually break down. Individuals with Parkinson's disease not only lose muscle control, they are also less able to initiate and complete movements. Symptoms for Parkinson's disease include the following:
- Tremors or shaking in the hands, fingers, forearms, feet, mouth, and chin
- Slowness in voluntary movement that causes difficulty initiating and completing movements
- Poor balance, an unsteady walk and frequent falls
- Changes in facial expression, voice and speech
Parkinson's Disease Treatment Options
LSVT BIGTM (PT/OT) and LSVT LOUDTM (SLP) are each standardized Parkinson's disease treatment programs consisting of:
- 16 individual one-hour sessions
- Four consecutive days per week for four weeks
- Daily homework
- Daily carryover exercises
LSVT BIGTM is a research-based exercise approach that trains individuals to use bigger movements anywhere and at any time throughout their daily life. This treatment has been shown to lead to documented improvements, including better balance, faster walking with bigger steps and increased trunk rotation.
LSVT LOUDTM is a research-based speech therapy approach that trains individuals to increase their loudness in a healthy way without straining their voice. This approach has been shown to lead to documented improvements, including increased vocal loudness, improved speech intelligibility, increased facial expression, and improved confidence. This treatment means improved day-to-day communication for our patients.
Adaptive Driving Program
Aimed at safely getting patients back on the road, we offer our Adaptive Driving Program. It targets patients who are coping with stroke, arthritis, diabetes, amputation, spinal cord or brain injury, multiple sclerosis, post-polio, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, or Parkinson's disease. Our specialists start with clinical and on-the-road assessments to determine the patient's level of driving skills. This involves testing vision, memory, visual perception, attention, cognition, and reaction time. After assessment, the driver rehabilitation specialist also will assist the patient in choosing a vehicle that is best suited for his or her needs and will recommend ways the vehicle can be modified so that the patient can become a safe, independent and confident driver.
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
Good Health Center
2nd Floor, O'Neill Building
5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239
- Anneliese H. Massey, MPT
- Charlene Foote, OTR
- Kate Gerber, MS, CCC-SLP