Parkinson's Disease and Neurologic Conditions

In the United States, 50,000–60,000 new cases of Parkinson's Disease are diagnosed each year. An estimated 1 million people in the US currently have the disease. The main motor symptoms observed include:

  • bradykinesia
  • hypokinesia
  • postural instability
  • rigidity
  • resting tremor

LSVT BIG addresses these symptoms through an intensive, amplitude-focused physical and occupational therapy approach developed from the principles of LSVT LOUD.

LSVT BIG trains a single target of amplitude, or bigger movements. During these high intensity treatment sessions, one will re-discover the amount of effort required to produce normal movements and learn to incorporate these larger movements into real-world, everyday activities. LSVT BIG empowers people with Parkinson Disease with the potential they have to keep moving and stay active.

Research has documented improved ratings on tests of motor functioning in people with Parkinson Disease following treatment. Improvements include:

  • Faster walking with bigger steps
  • Improved balance
  • Increased trunk rotation
  • Improvements in activities of daily living such as bed mobility
  • Improved UPDRS Motor Score

There are now over 10,000 certified LSVT BIG clinicians in 38 countries.

Similar to LSVT LOUD, the treatment program of LSVT BIG has been successfully administered to individuals in all stages of Parkinson Disease, however, the treatment has shown most effective among those who are in early or middle stages of the diagnosis.

LSVT BIG is delivered by a certified physical or occupational therapist and includes treatments four days per week for one month (total of 16 sessions), each treatment lasting one hour.  Beth German, PT, DPT, provides physical therapy services at Fremont Health Medical Center. She has been certified by
LSVT Global, LLC, to provide treatment for individuals with movement disorders related to Parkinson Disease and other neurological disorders using the LSVT techniques.

For more information about LSVT BIG or to schedule an evaluation, contact the Rehabilitation Department at Fremont Health at 402-727-3329, or Beth German at 402-727-3567.

More information about LSVT BIG can be found at LSVT is a trademark of LSVT Global, LLC, registered in the US and other countries.