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Listen as physical therapist Terry Ellis underlines physical activity's vital role for people with Parkinson disease. PD is the second most common degenerative brain disorder after Alzheimer's disease.

Although there isn't a cure for PD, studies suggest that beginning exercise right after diagnosis can have a profound effect on the symptoms and disease effects. 

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Terry Ellis, PT, PhD, is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy. She is the director of both the Center for Neurorehabilitation and the American Parkinson Disease Association National Rehabilitation Resource Center at Boston University. Her research focuses on the impact of exercise and rehabilitation disability progression in people with Parkinson disease. She has published many articles and lectures on topics related to rehabilitation in people with Parkinson disease.

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