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Parkinson’s Disease

Therapy Tips to Prevent Falls in Your Home

Postural instability is a common feature of Parkinson Disease. As a result of delayed reaction time, rigidity, bradykinesia, and poor control of the center of mass, falls occur. Falls are a leading cause of bone fractures, brain injuries, hospitalizations, and mortality of persons with Parkinson Disease. What can YOU do…

Handwriting Tips for Parkinson Patients

To improve legibility of handwriting, lean on table/desk with forearm and elbow while writing.  This helps stabilize the upper arm which allows for better control at the hand.

CMDNR postdoctoral fellow, Elizabeth Stegemoller Ph.D., is featured in Parkinson’s Action Network program

Post doctoral fellow, Dr. Elizabeth Stegemoller is interviewed  in a recent Parkinson’s Action Network feature. In February, the Parkinson’s Action Network hosted its inaugural Postdoctoral Investigator Poster Session inWashington,DC, at which 17 researchers presented their work in the field of Parkinson’s research.  After the poster session, Dr. Stegemoller stayed in Washington…

10th Annual Parkinson Disease Symposium coming April 14th, 2012

We are excited to announce that our 10th Annual Parkinson’s Disease Symposium is less than one month away and this year will be a little bit different. The Symposium will be on April 14th starting at 9am and will be held at the Alachua County Senior Center. For the first…

Physical Therapy Tips for Posture Improvement in Parkinson’s Disease

Poor posture is a hallmark feature of Parkinson’s disease. This stooped positioning has been associated with increased muscle rigidity or stiffness. The typical Parkinson’s posture includes: forward head, rounded shoulders, increased thoracic kyphosis, increased flexion of the trunk, and bending of the knees.

Weight Lifting Helps Persons with Parkinson’s disease Walk Better

Perhaps contrary to a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine, resistance training (or weight lifting) is quite beneficial for persons with PD. In a recent paper published from the Applied Neuromechanics Lab here at UF, resistance training  led to  significant and clinically relevant improvements in the length…

Having Problems with Starting to Walk?

UF graduate students in association with the Applied Neuromechanics Laboratory directed by Dr. Hass have published recent papers examining potential strategies for Parkinson patients to improve their ability to start walking. Altering the way you stand improves your ability to start walking. Positive emotions improve your ability to…

UF Deep Brain Stimulation Program Covered in Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday published an article about Deep Brain Stimulation successes. Included were the currently U.S. approved indications such as Parkinson’s Disease, essential tremor and dystonia as well as experimental indications such as depression and Tourette syndrome. Dr. Okun and one of our patients were interviewed. Only…