Therapy – PT/OT/ST

Physical, Occupational, Speech

When people talk about therapy for Parkinson’s they often refer to the LSVT BIG and LOUD programs, but there are many other ways that therapists specially trained in Parkinson’s can help.

Therapists can keep you moving, strengthen your voice, improve your ability to swallow, and make your daily activities easier and more enjoyable. You can request therapy at any time. In fact, having an assessment soon after your diagnosis can provide a good baseline to keep you moving and engaged on your journey with Parkinson’s.

Physical therapists work with Parkinson patients to improve their mobility, balance and gait, and can design convenient and flexible home exercise programs to target specific exercise goals.

Occupational therapists work with you to identify adaptive strategies and equipment to reduce the impact of movement and cognitive issues on your daily activities, work and leisure interests.

Speech therapists can help with swallowing difficulties as well as voice and cognition.


In addition to interdisciplinary services of physical, occupational and speech therapy, the teams listed below offer Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) BIG and LSVT LOUD, evidenced based programs that address the unique movement impairments associated with Parkinson’s disease. They provide people with the tools they need to keep moving and stay active. The protocol is both intensive and complex, focusing on the quality and loudness of your voice as well as the effectiveness of your movement patterns. Each participant is required to complete 4 one-hour sessions per week for 4 weeks.

All patients with the diagnosis of Parkinson’s (regardless of how far along in the diagnosis they are) are appropriate for LSVT BIG and LOUD services. Some symptoms you may experience that can respond to these services include (but are not limited to):

  • Speech changes: you may experience changes in the speed of your talking, the volume of your voice, or hesitation or slurring. Your speech may lack its usual inflections and sound monotone and it may be more difficult to convey facial expressions.
  • Swallowing changes: you may have a more difficult time swallowing your food, controlling saliva, or food may enter your airway instead of your stomach (aspiration).
  • Thinking changes: you may find it more difficult to plan or carry out activities, feel distracted or disorganized. You may have trouble remembering things or focusing when trying to do two things at once.
  • Writing changes: it may become harder to write, or your writing may appear smaller than usual.
  • Impaired posture and balance: your posture may become curved and you may be at a higher risk for falls.
  • Rigid muscles: you may have stiff muscles which can limit your natural range of motion in your arms and legs.
  • Slowed movement: over time, Parkinson’s may slow your movement. Daily tasks may become more time-consuming.

Early Intervention PD program

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital – For recently diagnosed patients.

1-3 Physical Therapy appointments to jump start on rehabilitation and maintenance of posture and movement:
– thorough PT assessment,
– screening for personal barriers,
– education on disease management through exercise,
– exercise prescription with collaborative approach,
– discharge with follow up in 6-12 months
Ask your doctor to write an order for PT evaluation “Early Parkinson’s Disease Program”.
For appointments and enquiries please call 703-391-3642.


For information about the classes offered by our Inova teams, please go to:
https://ipmdc.org/therapy-classes/

To watch the 7/11/2022 Positive Aging Sourcebook webinar Introducing Inova Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Teams please click here.
Click here for the PowerPoint.

In addition to the local teams that we partner with, listed below, we also offer movement, voice and cognition programs on Zoom taught by Parkinson experts Josefa Domingos and John Dean.
Click here to learn more about PD3 Plus.


INOVA HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT REHABILITATION CENTERS

INOVA MOUNT VERNON HOSPITAL
OUTPATIENT REHABILITATION DEPARTMENT

Address: Inova Mount Vernon Hospital,
2501 Parkers Lane, Alexandria VA 22306
For appointments and enquiries please call 703-664-7190
Website: www.inova.org/locations/inova-rehabilitation-center-mount-vernon

In addition to our physical, speech, occupational and neuropsychological services, we offer individualized case management services with our Social Worker Tara West to support our patients and care partners to connect with resources in the community.  Click here to meet our team.


INOVA LOUDOUN HOSPITAL
OUTPATIENT SPECIALTY REHABILITATION CENTER

Address:
Inova Loudoun Hospital,
44035 Riverside Parkway,
Leesburg, VA 20176
For appointments and enquiries please call 703-858-6390
Website: www.inova.org/LoudounRehab

We offer an online communications class and BIG refresher class.
Details at https://ipmdc.org/therapy-classes/


INOVA FAIR OAKS HOSPITAL
OUTPATIENT REHABILITATION DEPARTMENT

Address:
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital,
4th Floor, 3600 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax, VA 22033
For appointments and enquiries please call 703-391-3642.
Website: www.inova.org/locations/inova-fair-oaks-hospital-rehabilitation-services

We also offer exercise classes led by physical therapists (https://ipmdc.org/therapy-classes/) to provide support and motivation from the PT as well as other class members.
Our speech therapy team offers McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program (MDTP) to remediate swallowing difficulties as well as voice and cognitive rehabilitative programs.


INOVA ALEXANDRIA HOSPITAL
REHABILITATION SERVICES

Address:
Inova Alexandria Hospital,
4320 Seminary Road, Alexandria,
VA-22304
For appointments and enquiries please call 703-504-3535
Website: www.inova.org/locations/inova-alexandria-hospital-center-rehabilitative-care


INOVA FAIRFAX HOSPITAL
DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION

Address:
Inova Center for Personalized Health
Building A, 4th Floor,
8081 Innovation Park Dr., Fairfax VA  22031
For appointments and enquiries please call 703-776-6080.
Website: www.inova.org/locations/inova-fairfax-outpatient-rehabilitation


VIRGINIAN REHABILITATION AND WELLNESS

2 Locations:
1) 2992 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax VA 22031
2) 4299 Chantilly Shopping Center, Suite 104, Chantilly VA 20151

For appointments and enquiries please call 703-277-6611
or email rehab@vaoptherapy.org.
Website: www.vaoptherapy.org


Offering telehealth, in person and in-home therapy, as well physical training and wellness classes. All outpatient Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapists on staff have advanced specialty training in treating Parkinson’s Disease.

Virginian Rehabilitation and Wellness is a non-profit outpatient therapy practice serving the Northern Virginia community with locations in Fairfax and Chantilly.