New Parkinson’s treatment at Vidant Beaufort Hospital

Published 12:35 pm Monday, August 29, 2016

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that leads to walking, mobility and balance impairments. Symptoms include muscle tremors, decreased mobility, muscle stiffness, stooped posture, mask-like facial expression and progressive weakness. An individualized treatment program is indicated and, because of the progressive nature of this disease, should be updated as symptoms change.

The treatment focuses on sensory recalibration with the goal of improving the fullness of whole body movements. Research on LSVT BIG has documented improved ratings on tests of functioning in people with Parkinson’s disease following treatment that includes performing activities of daily living with improved ease, improved balance, faster walking with improved stride length and increase trunk rotation. This type of practice is necessary to optimize carryover of better movement in everyday life.

Vidant Beaufort Hospital is proud to announce that Heather Hamilton, DPT, and Rhonda Sillitoe, PTA, have been certified by LSVT Global Inc. to provide treatment for individuals with movement disorders related to Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders using LSVT BIG modalities. With this certification, both Heather and Rhonda are able to provide a standardized treatment protocol that has been specifically developed to address the unique movement impairments that have been found to affect individuals with Parkinson’s disease. If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and would like to find out if this treatment is indicated for you, please discuss with your primary care provider.

Heather Hamilton graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University in 2013. She has been a part of our team at Vidant Beaufort Outpatient Rehabilitation since February 2015.

Rhonda Sillitoe has 16 years of experience as a physical therapist assistant and has been with Vidant Beaufort Outpatient Rehabilitation since 2001. Heather and Rhonda can be reached at the physical therapy department of Vidant Beaufort Hospital by calling 252-975-4395.

LSVT is a trademark of LSVT Global Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. LSVT BIG is only available from a certified therapist.