Specialized Physical Therapy Options at the St. Joseph's/Candler Movement Disorders Program

Understanding how physical therapy benefits movement disorder patients

Physical therapy for movement disorders focuses on comprehensive evaluation and treatment of movement, balance and vestibular problems. Patients receive an individualized home and exercise program to address specific needs found in the evaluation. They may be taught to use assistive devices if needed or become independent with gait, if possible. Patient and caregiver education is addressed.

Physical therapy for Parkinson's disease and movement disorders is effective in:

  • increasing coordination and balance
  • increasing flexibility and range of motion
  • maintaining or increasing strength and endurance
  • increasing cardiovascular status
  • teaching use of assistive device
  • improving posture
  • helping with transfers and more efficient movement
  • eliminating or reducing vertigo and dizziness
  • teaching caregivers and patients safety and falling precautions.

Physical Therapy at St. Joseph's/Candler

Our program has the region's only certified vestibular rehabilitation specialist with more than 10 years' experience training patients with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders as well as vestibular problems. Specific therapists have also completed Allied Team Training Program with the National Parkinson Foundation for treatment of Parkinson's disease.

Therapy usually occurs two times weekly, but can be increased or decreased based on availability or transportation.

For More Information on Specialized Physical Therapy Services 

Services are available with physician referral at St. Joseph's Hospital at (912) 819-2446 and Candler Hospital at (912) 819-6176.

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