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LSVT – BIG For Parkinson’s

The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) BIGis an intensive physical therapy program delivered by specially trained therapists to enhance speech and motor function and increase movement in people with Parkinson’s disease.

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What is LSVT-BIG for Parkinson’s Disease?

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) BIG programs are evidence-based physical or occupational therapies designed for people with Parkinson’s disease. First developed to treat the speech and swallowing symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease, it now extends to address other functional difficulties the disease causes. This physical therapy program for Parkinson’s disease consists of specific exercises with large, exaggerated movement patterns that create smoother, more significant, and safer movements and increase the quality of life.

Is LSVT-BIG the proper treatment?

A progressive neurological disorder, Parkinson’s disease (PD) can affect a person’s quality of life as it limits the ability to move freely. It is a neurological disease that affects the brain’s ability to produce dopamine, the chemical that helps with smooth, purposeful movements. This disease typically affects people over 60 but can occur earlier in life. More than 60,000 people are diagnosed every year in the United States.

LSVT-BIG physical therapy for Parkinson’s disease can improve flexibility, improve balance, help you take more significant steps, improve walking speed, and strengthen muscles.

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What to expect

Your first physical therapy appointment is about creating a personalized treatment plan based on your health history, diagnosis, and goals. Here’s what you can expect at your first physical therapy appointment:

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Your first appointment will last about an hour. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

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If applicable, bring your physician referral or prescription, insurance card, paperwork, ID, and co-payment.

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At your appointment, we’ll do an initial evaluation and discuss your care plan.

*Services are not available at every location. Visit our Locations page for more details.