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Ask the Parkinson’s Expert – Physical Therapy with Dr. Sarah King


Ask the Parkinson’s Expert – Physical Therapy with Dr. Sarah King

Dr. Sarah King is the founder of Invigorate Physical Therapy & Wellness in Austin, TX. In this video, Sarah answers some of the most common questions we get about physical therapy:

  • What is the most valuable aspect of working with a physical therapist?
  • How much PT do I need to do to get results?
  • How much is too much when it comes to exercise and PT?
  • What is your best advice for getting in and out of chairs?
  • How can I reduce freezing of gate (FOG)?
  • What can I do to improve swallowing?

We’d love to know, what’s been your experience of using physical therapy to help you live well (better) with Parkinson’s?

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About Dr. Sarah King, PT, DPT

Dr. Sarah King, PT, DPT - Davis Phinney FoundationSarah is a passionate Parkinson’s advocate who founded Invigorate Physical Therapy & Wellness, an online wellness practice 100% specialized in Parkinson’s disease, to help her clients get out of overwhelm and into action by connecting them with the tools and support they need to thrive over the course of their Parkinson’s journey. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (and favorite human), Matt.

6 Comments on “Ask the Parkinson’s Expert – Physical Therapy with Dr. Sarah King

    • Paula Collins

      July 12, 2019 at 5:31 pm Reply

      I go to Rock Steady 2x wk for 6 mons now. I knew I would be sore starting out but it is worse. My leg muscles spasm all night long into the next day or 2. Is this just a part of PD advancing?

      • Melani Dizon

        July 12, 2019 at 6:10 pm Reply

        Hi Paula – I’m sorry you’re experiencing this pain. It’s so hard to know if it’s the boxing or Parkinson’s or something else. Have you spoken to your doctor about it? If not, I would consider doing that but also getting evaluated by a physical therapist who specializes in working with people with Parkinson’s. Not every exercise is right for everyone and perhaps there is something going on with your body that makes boxing especially hard on you.

    • Joseph Pfeifer

      November 16, 2019 at 6:15 pm Reply

      I have PD and found that massage is very beneficial. I am retired and have a fixed income and cannot afford massage. Is their any organization that help with cost? I understand that Medicare does not cover massage.

      • Melani Dizon

        November 18, 2019 at 7:22 am Reply

        Hi Joseph – Thank you for reaching out. Yes, Medicare does not typically cover massage. I don’t know if there is any case in which they would, but I can’t say for sure. One way to get some of the benefits of massage is to work with a physical therapist. Medicare will cover physical therapy and there are some physical therapists who frequently use manual muscle manipulation as part of their treatment sessions. We encourage everyone with Parkinson’s to see a physical therapist and in your case, you may be able to get twice the bang for your buck if you can find someone who has massage skills as well.

    • Jeet Grewal.

      December 1, 2019 at 11:56 am Reply

      Hi, my mom has later stage PD. Can just barely walk without a walker And assistance. Now she has anxiety , is scared of dying and has bad dreams. Can she make any recovery and gains from this stage ? She is down from 115 to 70 lbs and has almost nothing left.

      • Melani Dizon

        December 3, 2019 at 9:11 am Reply

        Jeet – I’m so sorry your mother is going through this. Does she have a good movement disorder specialist or neurologist she is working with? Can you or someone else on her care team go to all of her doctor appointments with her? It sounds like she has lost a dramatic amount of weight. What advice has her medical team offered?

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