Emory’s Dr. Jorge Juncos Announces New Paradigm for Exercise and Physical Therapy Upon Parkinson’s Diagnosis

ATLANTA, March 3, 2015 – Dr. Jorge L. Juncos, Associate Professor of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine and a Movement Disorder Specialist at the Emory Clinic, has proposed a new paradigm upon diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, recommending engagement of a physical therapist immediately and referral of PD patients to community-based exercise programs. Dr. Juncos–a member of the PD Gladiators, Inc. Board of Directors–announced the proposal in a presentation to the Georgia Neurological Society’s 2015 annual meeting on February 22nd based on the latest clinical research supporting a positive effect of vigorous exercise on PD, which has not yet been fully disseminated to practicing neurologists, physicians and physical therapists. Dr. Juncos also noted that the American Academy of Neurology is currently reevaluating its guidelines regarding the benefits of exercise in Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Juncos’s presentation follows in its entirety:

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About PD Gladiators
PD Gladiators is a Georgia nonprofit devoted to combating Parkinson’s disease with vigorous exercise. Our goal is to give PD patients hope that they can improve their outcomes by providing educational resources and low-cost community exercise programs tailored to the needs of people with PD. We are managed by an all-volunteer executive staff and are sponsored by the National Parkinson Foundation, the American Parkinson’s Disease Association—Georgia Chapter, the Georgia Parkinson’s Association, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, and Ability Rehab. Call 770-450-0792 or visit http://pdgladiators.org.

Contact:
Larry Kahn, 770-450-0792, pdgladiators@gmail.com

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