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HSC now offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment for patients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and related neurological disorders. Staff Neurologist and Movement Disorder Specialist Adam D. Simmons M.D., DABIHM heads the program.
More than one million people have Parkinson's disease in the United States, and 50,000-60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Parkinson's disease can affect gait, balance, flexibility, coordination, speech, voice and swallowing which affects activities of daily living and overall quality of life.
For more information, or to request an appointment with Dr. Simmons, please call 860.612.6305.
"It is our mission at Hospital for Special to provide treatment for all stages of the disease process, from onset and early symptoms, to later-stage disease," said Adam D. Simmons, M.D., DABIHM, director, Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Center, Hospital for Special Care. "We emphasize active patient involvement in their own care, to include exercise, physical therapy, medications, and lifestyle changes."
Speech and Swallowing Center
For more information, or to request an appointment with our therapists, please call 860.832.6258.
HSC therapy programs feature the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) BIG and LOUD Program that was developed in 1987 and incorporates LOUD specialists in speech pathology and BIG-certified physical therapists. With the LSVT LOUD, the muscles used for voice and speech are stimulated through a systematic hierarchy of exercises. Treatment improves respiratory, laryngeal and articulatory function to improve speech intelligibility with improvements shown to last up to two years following treatment.
With LSVT BIG, the scientifically proven principles of LSVT LOUD can be applied to limb movement, and training results in improved motor functioning including faster walking with bigger steps, improvement in balance and increased trunk rotation.
Other offerings through our speech and swallowing center include
- swallowing (clinical dysphagia) evaluations
- expiratory muscle strength training (EMST)
- Madison Oral Strengthening Therapeutic (MOST) device application to assess tongue muscle strength and guide isometric progressive resistance training to improve tongue strength necessary for swallowing