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Parkinson’s Tips for Freezing of Gait from our Physical Therapist

Our favorite tape to use is the blue “painter’s tape” because it is bright and easy to see! At the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration a patient can partake in a physical therapy evaluation that includes an analysis of your gait. Freezing of gait occurs in Parkinson’s disease and can contribute…

Parkinson’s Treatment Tips for Dyskinesia

What are dyskinesias and how can I manage them? Dyskinesias are abnormal, involuntary movements that occur in response to repeated dopamine-replacement therapy (Brotchie 2005; Olanow 2001). Sometimes, they can be debilitating. These motor complications are typically “choreiform”. Chorea comes from the Greek word meaning “to dance”, so the dyskinesias looks similar to dance-like, constant writhing…

Parkinson’s Treatment Tips on Psychosis and Hallucinations

These are quick tips to work on with your doctor in case of acute worrisome hallucinations and psychosis in the setting of Parkinson’s disease: Check for a urinary tract infection or pneumonia Consider the medication list and consider that medications may be the underlying cause, or contributing to the cause especially pain medications, muscle relaxants,…

Parkinson’s Treatment Tips on the Worst Drugs for Parkinson’s Disease

A Critical Reappraisal of the Worst Drugs in Parkinson’s Disease What are the worst drugs for Parkinson’s disease patients?  Couldn’t a simple list be assembled and disseminated to the Parkinson community?  Recently Ed Steinmetz, an experienced neurologist in Ft. Meyers, FL pointed out to me, a list approach published in the Public Citizen Newsletter (www.worstpills.org).…

Parkinson’s Treatment Tips for Constipation

Over the years we have noticed that Parkinson’s disease patients commonly present with constipation.  We always recommend as much daily vigorous exercise as is possible, and drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day.  If that doesn’t work, we have over the last ten years handed people this formula, which has been a secret that has…