The Benefits of Physical Therapy: Huntington’s Disease
A genetic disorder that breaks down nerve cells in the brain, the Huntington's Disease Society of America has described symptoms of the disease as "having ALS, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s—simultaneously." It causes involuntary movements and spasms, impaired judgment, unsteady gait, slurred speech, and rapid weight loss. One of the main focuses of treatment is improving core strength and stability to control chorea (abnormal involuntary movement). Physical therapy can also help with functional mobility, everyday tasks like getting in and out of bed, cognition improvement with dual tasking, and balance.
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