Combined Physiotherapy and Deep Brain Stimulation to Improve Independent Community Mobility in Parkinson's Disease
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is the most commonly performed surgical treatment for individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD). DBS typically works best to lessen motor symptoms such as stiffness, slowness, and tremor. Despite an overall improvement of these motor symptoms with DBS, past research failed to show an increase in community mobility and have often reported an increase in falling after surgery. The ability to move around on one's own is important for functional independence and improved quality of life. There is growing evidence supporting the positive effects of physiotherapy on individuals with PD. Gait and balance training, in particular, can improve mobility and also prevent falls. So far, no study has shown the effectiveness of rehabilitation in patients receiving DBS. The purpose of this study is to determine if DBS combined with physiotherapy is effective for improving safe independent mobility in individuals with PD, more so than with patients receiving DBS alone.
• PD patients who have been identified as candidates for DBS.
• Ability to give informed consent.
• Patients ages 18 years and older.