- Short-term goals and
- Long-term goals.
General Short-term Goals
- To maintain normal range of motion (ROM) in all joints.
- Increase range of motion of ____________. (Depends on what specific joint that has decreased ROM)
- Prevent muscular weakness and atrophy secondary to disease.
- To promote and improve motor function and mobility.
- Improve gait patterns.
- Improve chest expansion and mobility.
- Maintain functional independence in activities of daily living ADL.
General Long-term Goals
- Delay or minimize the progression and effects of symptoms.
- Prevent the development of secondary problems and complications.
- Prevent the development of deformities.
- Maintain the patient’s/client’s functional abilities.
To achieve these goals, it requires:
- A comprehensive treatment plan that maximizes movement to improve or maintain functional independence.
- Patient/client’s full cooperation and motivation to achieve these goals.
- Coordination within the entire rehabilitation team, which includes the family members.
- Full family cooperation.
Remember that each patient with Parkinson’s disease may present with different sets of problems. Thereby, goals may vary depending on those specific problems.
O’sullivan, S and Schmitz, T: Physical Rehabilitation: Assessment and Treatment, ed 2. FA Davis, Philadelphia, 1988.
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