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Parkinson's Disease

Marianjoy therapists have specialized expertise in treating patients with neuromuscular disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Treatment focuses on improving patient safety, gait performance, balance, and, in some cases, vocalization of speech.

For those patients who are interested and clinically appropriate, Marianjoy offers a specialized treatment program called LSVT LOUD
and LSVT BIG. Marianjoy has certified therapists trained in these techniques.

LSVT LOUD is a speech treatment program that helps patients with Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders to self-generate adequate loudness to make their speech comprehensible.

LSVT BIG is a treatment program administered by a physcal or occupational therapist, designed to increase amplitude of body movements to improve speed, balance, and quality of life.

About the LSVT Therapy Program

  • If deemed appropriate, you will be seen for therapy treatment four times per week for four consecutive weeks

  • Each session is one hour long

  • Therapy sessions include intensive exercise as well as instruction on how to perform home exercises that you will be expected to complete daily on your own

How to Enroll in the Program 

  • Ask your doctor if it’s appropriate and safe for you to participate in a vigorous exercise program

  • Your physician must write a prescription for you to participate in the program. Prescription should state “physical and/or occupational therapy to evaluate and treat for LSVT BIG” or "speech therapy for LSVT LOUD." Prescription should also indicate a diagnosis of Parkinson ’s disease.

  • For LSVT LOUD, an Ears, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor's consult is recommended to ensure it is safe and appropriate to participate in treatment.
  • Call Marianjoy Outpatient at 630-909-7150 to register and schedule an appointment to be evaluated by an LSVT therapist.

For More Information

For more information, call Kim Furman, DPT, Marianjoy physical therapist, at 630-909-7150.



LSVT Resources:

LSVT Global