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Phillips County Health Systems Addresses Parkinson's Disease Challenges with Specialized Rehabilitation Program.

Phillips County Health Systems (PCHS) continues its commitment to serving the health needs of Phillips County and its surrounding areas by introducing specialized programs tailored to the community. Recently, the PCHS Rehabilitation Department took a significant step forward by enhancing its services through the certification of key staff members in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) BIG program.



This innovative program is meticulously designed to provide comprehensive treatment for individuals grappling with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and other neurological conditions. Focused on managing symptoms, improving motor skills, and potentially slowing disease progression, LSVT BIG represents a crucial addition to PCHS's array of specialized offerings.


PCHS is proud to announce the certification of key staff members, including TJ Jonsson, PT, Charlie Meitler, PTA, and Shawn Stockman, PTA. Their strong dedication and expertise significantly contribute to the success of our specialized program, ensuring that the community receives the highest quality care available for neurological conditions and Parkinson's Disease.


As Parkinson's Disease affects over 1,000,000 individuals in the United States annually, with 90,000 new diagnoses each year, PCHS recognizes the growing need for specialized care. The investment in the expertise and training required to bring the LSVT BIG program to the community underlines our commitment to addressing the evolving healthcare needs of our residents.


LSVT BIG is a therapeutic approach, that addresses the unique movement challenges faced by individuals with PD of four sessions per week over four weeks. This tailored program enhances both refined and general motor skills, ranging from daily activities such as buttoning a shirt to more complex tasks like standing up from a chair. The overarching focus is on training improved movements for all daily activities, ultimately enhancing the quality of life for those living with Parkinson's.


Danielle Bohl, Rehabilitation Director at PCHS, underscores the evidence-based and effective nature of LSVT BIG in treating Parkinson's disease. "This program is customized to each person's specific needs and goals, offering assistance regardless of the stage or severity of the condition. While the treatment may be most effective in the early or middle stages, starting LSVT BIG at any point can lead to significant improvements, even for those facing considerable physical difficulties."


PCHS remains resolute in its mission to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and cutting-edge healthcare services. We are confident that the incorporation of LSVT BIG into our rehabilitation services will make a meaningful impact on the lives of those affected by Parkinson's Disease, further solidifying PCHS as a trusted healthcare partner in our community.


For information regarding this program and inquiries about insurance qualifications, please contact the Phillips County Rehabilitation Department at (785) 540-4949.

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