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Parkinson’s Disease

Inpatient Rehabilitation Services in Jackson Hole, WY

Common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include:

  • Tremor: In the early stages of the disease, about 70% of people experience a slight tremor in the hand or foot on one side of the body, or less commonly in the jaw or face. It appears as a “beating” or oscillating movement and is regular (4-6 beats per second). Because tremor usually appears when the muscles are relaxed, it is called a “resting tremor.” This means that the affected body part trembles when it is at rest and not doing work and often subsides with action.
  • Rigidity: Rigidity or increased muscle tone means stiffness or inflexibility of the muscles. Typically, muscles contract when they move and then relax when they are at rest. In rigidity, the muscle tone of an affected limb is stiff. Rigidity can result in a decreased range of motion.
  • Bradykinesia: This is a slowing of voluntary movement. In addition to slow movements, a person with bradykinesia will likely also have incompleteness of movement, difficulty in initiating movements, and arrests of ongoing movement.

Secondary symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include:

  • Speech changes
  • Constipation
  • Loss of facial expression
  • Skin problems
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Depression
  • Drooling
  • Fear or anxiety
  • Pain
  • Memory difficulties and slowed thinking
  • Dementia or confusion
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Urinary problems
  • Fatigue and aching
  • Loss of energy
  • Micrographia (small, cramped handwriting)

Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility in Jackson, WY is now open. Call (307) 739-4917 to learn more.

Patient and Family Participation

The patient becomes an active participant in learning techniques to better manage his or her condition. Family and friends also play an important role in learning how to assist the patient in managing his or her condition.

Communication with the Referral Source

The therapy staff is experienced in working with physicians, discharge planners and medical case managers. Progress reports are provided as requested.

To Make a Referral

If you believe a person may benefit from our services, please contact us. A member of our staff will perform an assessment at no charge. Patients and their families may also ask their physician or hospital social worker to initiate a referral. Admission is by physician’s order.