At the end of the consultation, my neurologist wrote a referral letter to a physiotherapist. I was expecting to be given an exercise regime which would keep my muscles flexible, especially those in problem areas such as my fingers, which were losing fine motor abilities.
My doctor referred me to a physiotherapist experienced in Parkinson's issues. At my first appointment, I found out that the physiotherapy my neurologist recommended was core exercises to address balance problems. As I thought my balance had improved out of sight after starting the medication, I felt it was a bit of a waste, but I did the exercises anyway, daily as recommended, usually while watching TV.
My physiotherapist offered me some other options. One was hydrotherapy classes, which had helped a fellow PwP enormously. Another was treating my left shoulder soreness. That was what we worked on over the next couple of months.
He diagnosed a rotator cuff injury, and massaged it every session. At first, there were some painful muscle knots to remove, but soon it was feeling a lot better and not bothering me in my daily routine, He also used a TENS machine on it. The electricity pulsing through my shoulder brought on dizziness, which I combatted by drinking water. We never could find the cause, but from then on I would bring along water and some savory snacks, just in case.
After a few weeks, I was given a list of exercises to do twice a day with a Theraband. This is a long piece of plastic, like the one my mother had used to get her strength and flexibility back when recovering from her broken arms. I was given a red-colored one, which is quite easy to stretch. I did these exercises religiously too, in front of the TV.
Once I was back in Oregon I was a bit slack, and did the exercises more sporadically. However, I didn't have the pain that I had had the previous year, so I think the rotator cuff had healed.