April 18, 2013: In this episode, a physical therapist underlines the vital role of physical activity in the lives of those with Parkinson disease, which is the second most common degenerative brain disorder after Alzheimer's disease.
Although there isn't a cure for Parkinson disease, studies suggest that exercise that begins immediately after diagnosis can have a profound effect on the symptoms and side effects of the disease.
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Terry Ellis, PT, PhD, NCS, is the director of the Center for Neurorehabilitation, and the director of the American Parkinson Disease Association National Rehabilitation Resource Center, both at Boston University. Her research focuses on investigating the impact of exercise and rehabilitation on the progression of disability in individuals with Parkinson's disease. Additionally, she has published numerous articles and lectures internationally on topics related to rehabilitation in persons with Parkinson's disease.