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 Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders Rehabilitation Program

The Parkinson’s Disease and other Movement Disorders Rehabilitation Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center provides specialized rehabilitation for people living with movement disorders. We offer advanced medical interventions and therapies designed to help you live with these disorders and enhance the quality of your life.

Our Patients

Our rehabilitation program helps you reduce symptoms and maximize your ability and functioning.

We provide care for those with:

  • Parkinson’s disease (a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking and difficulty with walking, movement and coordination)
  • Dystonia (neurological muscle disorder with involuntary muscle spasms)
  • Essential tremor (uncontrolled shaking or trembling that is not related to disease)
  • Huntington’s disease (deterioration of nerve cells in the brain with uncontrolled movements of the limbs, trunk and face)
  • Multiple system atrophy (progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement, blood pressure and other body functions)
  • Myoclonus (twitching of muscle or group of muscles)
  • Spasticity (increased muscle contractions causing muscles to become stiff, affecting movement, speech and walking)
  • Tourette syndrome (a hereditary disorder with repeated involuntary movements and uncontrollable sounds or tics)

Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

We use a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care. Our experts from different specialties work together to provide you with personalized and innovative treatments.

There are many reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • Our rehabilitation therapy programs are personalized to your needs and abilities. Our neurologists and other specialty physicians work together with our rehabilitation teams to improve your outcomes.
  • Our program focuses on helping you restore as much function as possible and achieve the highest level of independence.
  • We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
  • For 19 consecutive years, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has been ranked among the best in the country
  • by U.S.News & World Report.
  • Since The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available.

Our Services

This program offers rehabilitation services to help in each phase of your rehabilitation – from services offered in the hospital (known as inpatient services) to those offered after returning home (known as outpatient services). These services offer a continuum of care to help achieve your highest level of recovery. These services may include:

  • Medical evaluation (including neurological assessment)
  • Diagnostic testing (including MRI and CT scan)
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation assessment
  • Individualized therapy treatment plans
  • Rehabilitation treatment if you have had deep brain stimulation (implanted device that delivers electrical stimulation to targeted areas of the brain)
  • Patient support groups

Your Treatment Plan

Your customized treatment and therapy plan may include:

  • Physical therapy (helps patients improve strength, mobility and fitness)
  • Occupational therapy (helps patients participate in activities of daily living)
  • Speech therapy (treatment of speech and communication disorders)
  • Swallowing assessment and therapy
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT®) training (training to improve voice and respiratory functions)
  • Fall prevention (training to improve balance, coordination, flexibility and walking)
  • Medications
  • Training that teaches exaggerated body movements to improve speed and balance in the upper and lower limbs (LSVT® BIG)
  • Deep brain stimulation (implanted device that delivers electrical stimulation to targeted areas of the brain) and other surgical procedures
  • Counseling for adjustment to disability, spouse support and coping strategies
  • Patient, family and caregiver education
  • Exercise program

Your Treatment Team

Your personalized treatment plan is implemented by a team of specialists who may include:

  • Neurologists (specialize in disorders of the nervous system)
  • Neurosurgeons (specialize in surgery on the brain and other parts of the nervous system)
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians or physiatrists (specialize in helping people regain body functions lost due to medical conditions or injuries)
  • Physical therapists (specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility)
  • Occupational therapists (specialize in improving patients’ ability to complete activities of daily living)
  • Speech-language pathologists (specialize in helping patients improve communication, cognition and swallowing)
  • Assistive technology professionals (specialize in seating and positioning)
  • Vision rehabilitation therapists (specialize in helping patients with vision impairments)
  • Social workers (specialize in the social, emotional and financial needs of families and patients)
  • Case managers (specialize in the coordination of inpatient and post-hospital care and services for patients and families)
  • Counselors (provide a variety of counseling, rehabilitation and support services)

Care Locations

Additional Specialized Services

Your rehabilitation team may recommend a variety of other rehab services that may include:

Additional Resources

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