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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 major 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 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 disability progression in people with PD. She has published many articles and lectures on rehabilitation in people with Parkinson disease.

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