April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and Good Samaritan is working
to help patients effected with this disease. Parkinson’s disease
is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects dopamine-producing neurons
in the brain. Believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental
factors, Parkinson’s is very diverse. It affects around one million
people in the United States and 10 million worldwide.
There is no standard treatment for Parkinson’s and while the disease
itself is not fatal, complications can be serious. Treatment for each
person with the disease is based on a person’s individual symptoms.
There are many medications available used to help treat Parkinson’s;
however, physical and occupational therapy have a huge impact on Parkinson’s
patients to help them keep moving.
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) involves the concept of neuroplasticity,
the brains ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections
throughout life. The approach aims to address the “internal”
aspects of Parkinson’s disease symptoms, leading to significant
LSVT treatment consists of: 16 sessions ( four days a week for four weeks),
individual one-hour sessions, daily homework practice, and daily carryover
exercises. There are two types of LSVT therapies offered at Good Samaritan,
LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD. LSVT is a standardized treatment protocol customized
to the unique goals of each patient including both gross and fine motor
skills. LSVT BIG helps patients use their body more normally. LSVT LOUD
is a speech treatment established for treating voice and speech disorders
in Parkinson’s patients.
We have seen these treatments have a large impact on the health and well-being
of our Parkinson’s patients and we have more staff getting certified
to offer this treatment so we are able to help more patients,” said
Stephen Wissel, Director of Physical Medicine and Inpatient Rehabilitation.
Patients and families who are interested in LSVT therapy and would like
more information can contact Good Samaritan Physical Medicine Department
by calling 812-885-3011. Additional information about other therapies
and services offered can be found by going online to gshvin.org.