Education

One of the most critical elements in the rehabilitation efforts directed at a PD patient is education. A physical therapist is often best equipped to explain movement and modified movement strategies to the patient and their caregivers (2). Similarly, the occupational therapist is best able to recommend adaptive equipment and alternate movement strategies during activities of daily living and self-care tasks. All rehabilitation clinicians involved in the case should be aware of community resources and educational material and be able to direct their patients to these resources. The PD patient in later stages of the disease often needs assistance with transfers and bed mobility, making appropriate lifting technique and body mechanics instruction critical.

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