How to use your phone as your best weapon to record symptoms

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Hi! I am Cat Printz and I am the Director of Rehabilitative and Exercise Therapies for Parkinson Wellness Recovery.  I wanted to welcome you to the PWR Virtual Experience! Today I wanted to talk about how you can use a smart phone to relay such important information to your physicians, your physical therapists, or your exercise therapists and even for yourself to assess your own improvement in your exercise, difficulty with movement in some way, shape, or form. So, here’s the deal: with your phone, have somebody you love or somebody who is a friend of yours or your care partner take a video of you, especially if you feel like you have symptoms that are recurring, you can’t quite explain them, or you’re not sure why they’re happening. Take a video! It doesn’t have to be five minutes long. A simple 30-second-long video can allow you to look objectively at a symptom that is happening over and over again over many days and for your medical professional and even for yourself to use to see if you’re making improvements through the weeks, the months, and the years. It’s also really valuable to have video from your physical therapist -like myself- particularly if you tend to see your therapist when you are “on” meds. It helps a ton to have video of you when you are “off”, to see you walking. Having a simple video can be an incredible way to capture wonderful data for your team so that they can help you out as much as possible.


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Catherine D. Printz, DPT Parkinson Disease Exercise Specialist
Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist

About the Author

Catherine (Cat) specializes in neurological physical therapy, has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings at the University of California in San Diego and San Francisco, and served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF’s School of Medicine. Cat is board-certified as a neurologic certified specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and holds several certifications specifically tailored to the treatment of patients with Parkinson disease; she is a PWR!Moves Certified Therapist and Instructor, as well as certified in LSVT BIG. She joined the PWR!Gym in 2018 as a staff physical therapist and now serves as the Director of Rehabilitative and Exercise Therapies.

Cat offers physical therapy to clients in Arizona and wellness consultations to those outside of Arizona.

In her free time, Cat enjoys running, biking, acting as a diabetes advocate, and spending time with her young son, who loves dinosaurs almost as much as he loves the family’s three Bengals, Thor, Loki, and Squeakers.


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