Physical therapy and occupational therapy in Parkinson's disease

Int J Neurosci. 2017 Oct;127(10):930-943. doi: 10.1080/00207454.2016.1275617. Epub 2017 Jan 4.


Current medical management is only partially effective in controlling the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. As part of comprehensive multidisciplinary care, physical therapy and occupational therapy aim to support people with Parkinson's disease in dealing with the consequences of their disease in daily activities. In this narrative review, we address the limitations that people with Parkinson's disease may encounter despite optimal medical management, and we clarify both the unique and shared approaches that physical therapists and occupational therapists can apply in treating these limitations.

Keywords: Parkinson's disease; Physical therapy; multidisciplinary care; occupational therapy; patient-centered care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Humans
  • Occupational Therapy*
  • Parkinson Disease / therapy*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Treatment Outcome