Speech Language Pathology

Parkinson's disease damages the nervous system (brain and nerves) and gradually gets worse over time. Cells in one are of the brain die and the brain cannot create enough dopamine. While the disease affects each patient differently, some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Tremors in the hands, arms, legs, jaw and/or face
  • Slowed movement
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Loss of balance
  • Reduced coordination capabilities

Symptoms typically progress and worsen over time, but can be controlled and in some cases minimized with medication, ongoing medical treatment and the integration of physical, occupational and speech therapies.

Applying The LSVT Approach To Maximize Results

The University of Maryland Rehabilitation Network has earned a reputation as a specialty provider of therapeutic care for patients who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. We focus on increasing functionality and movement as a key goal for each patient's therapy plan, which typically includes physical, occupational and speech components and application of the LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) approach:

  • LSVT Loud helps patients improve their speaking capabilities.
  • LSVT Big focuses on increasing the body's ability to move.

Therapy: A Tool To Manage Parkinson's Disease

We believe that therapy is a tool that can help patients manage their symptoms, minimize their risk for complications and maximize their functionality, both short and long-term. We take pride in the fact that:

  • Our neurologists and outpatient therapists are specially-trained in caring for individuals with Parkinson's disease and are considered experts in therapeutic approaches to help support management of the disease.
  • We offer the knowledge and experience necessary to accurately evaluate a patient's potential and then develop a truly customized rehabilitation plan centered around specific goals.
  • The latest rehabilitation technology and a comprehensive network of resources are available to help our patients maximize functionality and independence