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Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation in New Orleans

LSVT Big & Loud therapy for persons with Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a disease characterized by motor system dysfunction. It is a degenerative disease spurred by nerve cell damage in the brain and the decrease of dopamine levels.

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  • Tremors in hands, limbs, or face
  • Stiff muscles, limbs, and jaw
  • Slowness of movement
  • Impaired voice
  • Impaired balance and coordination
  • Sleep disturbances

The exact cause of PD is unknown, but many believe that the symptoms are related to a chemical imbalance caused by the death of brain cells. Parkinson's disease is chronic and progresses slowly.

PD mostly affects people in late middle age – the average age for onset is 60. Though aging is the biggest risk factor, family history also affects your likelihood of developing PD. People with a parent or sibling who have PD are roughly twice as likely to develop it as well.

LSVT™ therapy

The Touro Neurological Rehabilitation Center staff includes LSVT-certified physical, occupational, and speech therapists. Touro is the only facility in New Orleans with a comprehensive LSVT LOUD (speech therapy) and LSVT BIG (physical/occupational therapy) program for Parkinson’s treatment.

LSVT therapy uses innovative methods to help improve communication and movement in PD patients with application to other neural conditions, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome. The LSVT programs are clinically proven to have a positive impact on the symptoms of PD and are backed by 20 years of scientific research.

If you think you or a loved one would benefit from LSVT therapy, ask your neurologists for a referral to the Touro Neuro Rehab Center today.

Parkinson’s support group

For persons with Parkinson’s disease, daily life can be a challenge. Speaking with family members, opening doors, and even taking a walk in the park present difficulties.

If you are living with Parkinson's disease, you're not alone. Touro's free Parkinson's Support Group is here for you.

By joining the support group, patients will meet other individuals living with Parkinson’s disease, connect with other people with similar experiences, and share resources and ideas about how to maintain an active life. The Parkinson’s Support group meets everythird Monday of the month.

For more information about the Parkinson's Support Group at Touro or to sign up for the mailing list, contact us today at 504.897.8135.