Presentation Date

Summer 2016


A 60 year old, male has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease for 5 years. Referral received from MD stating deficits in the following areas: balance, perception, gait, postural instability, coordination, swallowing, tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia, hypokinesia, and loss of higher cognitive functions. Currently there is not a cure, but there are treatment options for Parkinson’s Disease. LSVT-BIG is one type of treatment that Occupational or Physical Therapist can implement. This program uses high amplitude movements to overcome bradykinesiaand hypokinesia. The client attended 16 sessions in total (1 hour sessions, 4 days a week, for 4 weeks). The client has been discharged from the LSVT-BIG program for 6 months now and is benefiting from the long term affects of the LSVT-BIG program such as improvedgait speed and the speed of reaching across limbs, decrease depression, anxiety, and fatigue. By participating in this program, the client can engage in occupations he finds meaningful.