One of Ohio State’s strengths is our physical therapy program, which includes therapists who specialize in movement disorders. Our focus is on helping people maintain their highest level of function and movement. It may be possible to “overpower the tremor” by adding extra weight to an ankle or wrist or using a weighted utensil.
We also can help you manage motor, cognitive and psychiatric impairments that affect your ability to move.
We will assess you through a variety of tests and recommend the best therapies for your needs. These may include:
- Training you to walk with regular steps to improve your balance and prevents falls
- Working with you to safely transfer on and off of chairs and toilets to help you to be more independent
- Assessing you to recommend appropriate walking or assistive devices
- Teaching you exercises to improve strength, flexibility, coordination and balance, and maintain fitness and health
Our occupational therapists, who specialize in movement disorders, assist you in performing work and leisure activities, as well as activities of daily living. We can assist you with adaptations to household items. For example, adding weights to items such as pens, eating utensils, brushes, canes or walkers can increase muscle control. Arm and hand braces may also work well for tasks like eating or writing.
Our movement disorders speech therapists can help you with difficulties swallowing and with slurred or stuttering speech. In severe cases, when tremor affects clarity of speech, you may be referred to an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist who can selectively administer botulinum toxin using electromyography-guided injections.