Congratulations to Mr X who recently completed a 4 week programme of 3 times a week physiotherapy for Parkinson’s disease.
When Mr X presented to ARC his goal was to improve his mobility. On further questioning he revealed that he had made many changes in his life to accommodate for tasks he found difficult. He had fitted a handle in his car to assist him on getting in and out. Mr X wore silky pyjamas and used silky sheets on his bed to help him turn in bed, he used an electric tooth brush, had elastic shoe laces, mostly avoided shirts with buttons and his loving wife cut up his meat, assisted with buttons and helped with dressing and grooming tasks.
Mr X was very motivated and committed to the programme, completing daily exercises and carrying over lessons learnt into his daily tasks. They say behind every great man there is a great woman and Mrs X was that. She stopped stepping in and assisting him with tasks, lovingly encouraged his exercises, gave honest feedback on his effort levels and technique, and was his greatest cheerleader.
For all their hard work they were rewarded with great results. The car handle and silky sheets and pyjamas have gone, elastic laces have been replaced with standard laces which Mr X can tie himself, he can now do his buttons and proudly wore a button up shirt to his latest Neurology appointment. He no longer needs assistance with cutting up meat, dressing or grooming.
Here are some just of the objective measures taken:
10m walk test 9.69secs 19 steps 7.66 secs 15 steps
6 min walk test 305m 341m
25 peg test 1 min 7 secs 49.35 secs
Mr X is now continuing his programme at home and I look forward to seeing him in the new year to see how he has continued to improve.