Unloading to Treat the Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

There’s no question that exercise has a positive impact on patients living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). It’s been shown to slow the progress of tremors, improve balance and mobility, and allow for the continuation of daily activities. Beyond PD-specific symptom management, though, lies the significant impact exercise can have on the more intangible—but very real—aspects of living with PD, things like depression, memory loss, and low self-esteem.

The good news is that nearly any exercise that doesn’t increase injury risk is open to people living with PD. This can mean anything from walking to Tai Chi, cycling to swimming, or even yoga. Recently, there’s even several boxing gyms just for patients with PD cropping up across the country.

So, no matter the patient’s preferences, the options are there. Continue reading “Unloading to Treat the Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease”

Zach Miller’s Road to Recovery After Multi-Ligament Knee Injury

Even if you haven’t seen the clip, just hearing about Zach Miller’s recent knee injury during the Chicago Bears’ 20-12 loss to the New Orleans Saints is pretty gruesome. Dislocated knee. Multiple ligament damage. Severed popliteal artery. The injury was so severe it required immediate emergency surgery to revascularize Miller’s left leg with a saphenous vein graft.

There were whispers that he might lose the leg altogether.

What’s even more stunning about this injury is how it happened: Miller dislocated his knee during a non-contact play. In fact, he was in the process of catching a touchdown (which was later overturned) and simply appeared to step wrong.

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