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Parkinson’s Disease

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a complex movement disorder with symptoms affecting performance of everyday functional tasks.

How can Physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapy plays a key role in the management of movement related issues throughout the course of the condition.
Chartered Physiotherapists with Parkinson’s specific expertise have good understanding of the problems faced every day and can provide practical treatment solutions.
Having a physiotherapy consult on initial diagnosis is crucial to provide guidance for self management and assist with issues such as:

  • Difficulty Walking e.g. shuffling, tripping, slowness, freezing
  • Balance problems or falls
  • Difficulty moving in bed, rising from a chair, car transfers
  • Pain, stiffness or cramping
  • Arm/Hand function
  • Devising and progressing exercise programs

How can I access physiotherapy?

You can access your local HSE chartered physiotherapist through your GP, Public Health Nurse or local health centre. You can use our Find a Physio directory to find a chartered physiotherapist working in private practice in your locality.

Useful Links and Resources:

Parkinson’s Ireland


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