St. Luke's Hospital Presents Parkinson's Disease and the Role of Physical Therapy, Exercise and Medications


Parkinson's Disease is a disorder of the central nervous system. The central nervous system includes the brain and spinal cord. Parkinson's Disease is one of the conditions known as a movement disorder.

To inform the community about this disease, Jamie Cehlar, DPT, physical therapist with St. Luke's Rehabilitation Center and Kevin Reynolds, RPh, pharmacist with St. Luke's Hospital will present a free talk Wednesday, April 22, from 1 - 3 p.m. in the St. Luke's Hospital Library. Space is limited, so call 828-894-0972 to make your reservation. Light refreshments will be served.

"Because the early symptoms of Parkinson's disease are often very slight and begin slowly, they can be hard to notice," says Cehlar. "Family members or friends are often the first to spot the early symptoms, such as shaky hands, decreased arm swinging, a stooped posture, or shorter steps when walking. Parkinson's Disease patients may notice that they are weaker or more tired. This is where I come in. Physical therapy can help!"

Although there is no cure for Parkinson's Disease, physical therapy and exercise, combined with medication provide some relief from many of the symptoms to help a person with Parkinson's Disease carry on daily activities.

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