Group Exercise for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Moving away from tradition is considered an exciting thing within the realm of physical therapy. Especially now, we have more evidence geared towards outcomes of treatment and their overall effectiveness. One innovative idea is that individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) need a different type of treatment than standard physical therapy.

Anna Knorr discusses an idea she had about the management of people diagnosed with PD during some of her clinical experiences. Anna discusses how the use of group exercise classes (including but not limited to Tango, balance training, etc.) in conjunction with treatment from a physical therapist can be used to increase a patients functional outcomes. She also touches on the benefits of having a new and exciting treatment activity to help patients with the psychological aspects of their disease.

We as physical therapists are psychologically inclined when treating patients because of the amount of time we are spending with them. We are known for this! What I want to point out is that we often do not use this to our advantage in treatments.

I think we can offer more to our patients by forming a relationship with them. What this allows us to do is know our patient so well that we can determine best treatment. That was Anna’s point. Figuring out what treatments most positively affect a person’s overall health. This includes measures of functionality we use day-to-day, psychological measures, and other things like nutrition. Offering a program like Anna is discussing addresses all those aspects of health.

Group Exercise for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

4 Things you can Expect at the Arizona Fall Confernce

Date: Friday, October 14th-15th

Location: A.T. Still University, 5850 E. Still Circle, Mesa, Arizona  85206

Time: 8:00 AM

Facebook: Moving the Profession Forward! PT Pub Night

5 things you can expect at the Arizona Fall Meeting

1.A broad and diverse topic list.

  • Topics range from Pediatrics to Geriatrics, and also including Orthopedics, Neurology, Women’s Health, Sports and Nutrition.
  • This includes 24 different sessions that you can pick and choose from, with experts in each field presenting.

2. Interactive symposiums on Education , Legislation, and Association direction where you can help shape the future of your profession.

  • This includes a Delegate Motion Development breakout session, which means that you are aiding in the process of coming up with new ideas to progress our profession.
  • An education panel dedicated to answering the question about PT education and if it is preparing recent graduates for the demands of the profession.

3. PT Pub Night = Friday night social event where you can meet and greet old colleagues and new.

  • PT Pub Night – R.T. O’Sullivan’s Sports Bar & Grill

4. Networking.

  • This event is designed with the specific purpose of drawing in all Arizona Physical Therapists, assistants and students.
  • We hope to have representation from all the DPT programs here in Arizona.


Also, a quick shout out to Jennifer Howe (@jenniferhowept on Twitter) who was a major contributor to this post and as well some others that will be coming out!