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Deep Brain Stimulation and Physical Therapy

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure performed as an intervention for a variety of neurological and movement disorders. DBS can be performed to address symptoms of conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, dystonia, and tremor. While the procedure is performed by a neurosurgeon, a physical therapist can be an important part of your team when having DBS surgery.

Physical therapists can perform detailed gait, balance and motor assessments prior to surgery to provide important data to your neurosurgeon and neurologist to guide their treatment approach. Additionally, physical therapy can be integral following surgery to provide training for gait, balance and postural control as well as implementing an individualized home exercise program after surgery.

For example, following surgery there can be changes in rigidity that can lead to the need retrain the body in motor control and postural awareness. Physical therapists are experts in movement and the musculoskeletal system and can design plans of care to provide comprehensive care and promote gains in mobility following surgery. If you have had DBS surgery or planning surgery in the future, talk to your physician about having physical therapy as part of your healthcare team.

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15 Sep, 2014

Physical Therapy


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