“Parkinson’s disease presents itself differently in everyone, “says Linda Egan, PT, Parkinson’s Disease Program coordinator at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. “Many symptoms can appear years before someone receives a formal diagnosis, which is why it’s imperative to be in tune with what’s happening in your body.”
Just as Parkinson’s symptoms vary from patient to patient, so does treatment. A combination of medications, physical therapy programs, occupational therapy programs and speech pathology programs help slow the progression of this degenerative neurological disorder. Perhaps as potent as a pill, exercise has been proven to mitigate Parkinson’s symptoms.
“Exercise is imperative for someone with Parkinson’s disease,” says Egan. “It’s recommended that people with Parkinson’s disease exercise at least two and a half hours per week.”
Learn more about the Parkinson's disease specialists and care centers at Northwestern Medicine.