Global Effort to Fight Parkinson Disease

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 12, 2010 — As an organizational partner of the World Parkinson Coalition Inc, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is urging its members, people affected by Parkinson disease, and those interested in helping to find a cure to take the Global Parkinson's Pledge.

A worldwide appeal for pledges was launched September 28 at the Second World Parkinson Congress (WCP) in Glasgow, Scotland, with a goal of gathering 1 million over the next 3 years, in time for the next WPC. These pledges will be presented to the World Health Organization and other leading governing bodies to increase awareness of the disease and expedite the discovery for a cure.

Nearly 7.4 million people around the globe have Parkinson disease, a degenerative condition that significantly impacts mobility and for which there is no cure. As experts in restoring and improving motion in people's lives, physical therapists can help patients with the disease to increase strength, improve balance, prevent stiffness, and control pain. A neurologic physical therapist specializes in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with movement problems due to disease, such as Parkinson, or injury of the nervous system. To find a neurologic physical therapist in your area, visit www.moveforwardpt.com/findapt.

Take the Global Parkinson's Pledge by clicking here www.parkinsonspledge.org.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 74,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.moveforwardpt.com. Consumers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@moveforwardpt) and Facebook.

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