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Parkinson's Disease Management Program

Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the brain that leads to tremors, difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination. It is characterized by shaking, stiffness, and slowness of movement - and eventually, loss of balance. It is caused when your body stops making a chemical called dopamine.

Franciscan Health System Neurosciences offers a comprehensive Parkinson’s disease management program led by board-certified neurologists specializing in evaluating and treating patients with Parkinson’s. Treatment includes medical management combined with Parkinson’s-specific outpatient therapy.

In conjunction with your provider, Franciscan Therapy Services offers Parkinson’s patients physical, occupational and speech therapies to evaluate and treat conditions related to the disease.

  • Franciscan therapists address problems with balance, coordination, fatigue, pain, gait, immobility, weakness, activities of daily living, memory, voice, speech and swallowing
  • specially trained Parkinson’s disease therapists are certified in LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD programs at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way and St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor
  • incorporation of Tai Chi principles may also be included in an individualized treatment program
  • for more information, go to franciscantherapy.org or call 253-426-4400

If you or a loved one is looking for comprehensive care for a Parkinson’s disease sufferer, find a neurologist and therapy program that specializes in Parkinson’s disease, call 253-426-4400 or use our Find a doctor tool.

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