A new research study shows the neurological and physical therapy interventions that can help patients with Parkinson’s disease improve their cognitive function are effective in some cases.
Key points:Neurology is a field that has become increasingly popular in recent years with the rise of cognitive and social therapyNeuroscience is a science that deals with the brain and its functionsNeuropathology is the science that studies how the brain works, how it responds to treatment, and how it affects symptomsSource: ABC News (AU)The study, published in the British Journal of Neurology, looked at the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and physical rehabilitation therapy (PFT) in people with Parkinsonia, the most common form of the disease in Australia.
It was designed to help patients who were already being treated for Parkinson’s, who were struggling with other forms of the condition.
Dr Richard Caulfield, the head of the Centre for Parkinson Disease Research at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), said the study had an important role to play in the future of Parkinson’s care.
“We need to recognise that there are many different ways of improving people’s cognitive and motor function and we need to find the right way to use these interventions in the most appropriate way,” he said.
“In Parkinson’s there are a range of different approaches that are used and it’s very important that the treatments we use in people are as effective as possible.”
The most important thing is to look at the individual case and to look beyond the overall benefits to what is actually happening with people in terms of their symptoms and the quality of their lives.
“Dr Caulfields said he believed the research could have a major impact on how we care for people with these conditions.”
It’s a really exciting new area of research,” he told the ABC.”
But it’s also an area that has had a long road to getting there and it has an enormous impact on our understanding of the underlying causes of the disorder.”‘
They’re not going to get better’Dr Caufield said the findings could have an impact not only on the care provided to people with dementia, but also on how people with other types of dementia and psychiatric disorders were treated.”
This is the first time that we have looked at these interventions as part of a larger treatment strategy and this really opens up a whole new perspective of what could be possible,” he explained.”
I think it’s going to have an enormous effect on the way we treat people with a range to Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders.
“Dr Richard McEwen, director of the Parkinson’s Disease Centre at University of Sydney (UNS) and the paper’s lead author, said the finding was a big step forward.”
They’re going to be doing better,” he added.”
And I think it could open the door for a whole range of other treatments to be developed.
“He said it was important to look for evidence that the interventions were working, especially when it came to treating cognitive and emotional problems.”
As you look at these studies you can see that there’s evidence of cognitive improvement,” he noted.”
When you look specifically at physical therapy you can also see there’s improvements in some of the people with the disease.
“The research was funded by the Australian Medical Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Service.