[Parkinson disease and neurologic rehabilitation]

Wien Med Wochenschr. 1995;145(13):302-5.
[Article in German]


Modern rehabilitation is becoming more and more "social integration" instead of "going back to work". Therefore rehabilitation is also a matter in chronic disease and in old people. Parkinson patients are somewhat disabled in nearly every aspect of their life, although the extent is related to the stage of the disease. Moreover, symptoms do not respond equally to drug treatment, balance (with succeeding falls) and swallowing being special problems for anti-parkinsonian drug treatment, but also vegetative symptoms, dysarthria, motor skills etc. Apart from medication patients get relief also from adjuvant therapy like physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, which all can lead to improvement of quality of life. Rehabilitation needs team effort. Patient and family supporting groups (like Parkinson Disease Society and others) are an important factor for all needs of neurological rehabilitation.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / classification
  • Aged
  • Antiparkinson Agents / adverse effects
  • Antiparkinson Agents / therapeutic use
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Humans
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Parkinson Disease / diagnosis
  • Parkinson Disease / rehabilitation*
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Speech Therapy


  • Antiparkinson Agents