What is LSVT - Lee Silverman Voice Treatment?

Category: Physical Therapy

Most popular types: LSVT BIG Program LSVT Loud Program

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LSVT® (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) is a speech treatment program that focuses on improving functional communication in adults and children with neurological disorders, with a specialty in Parkinson disease using techniques beyond what current pharmacological and surgical interventions offer.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Soft voice 11 6
Parkinson's disease 9 16
Improve mobility 7 14
Improve communication 3 5
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 3 2
Voice changes 3 5

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 6
Mild 1
None 26

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with LSVT - Lee Silverman Voice Treatment

Side effect Patients
Pain 1
Voice changes 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently going to LSVT - Lee Silverman Voice Treatment

Dosage Patients
weekly 3
240 min weekly 2
45 min weekly 1
60 min daily 1

Why patients stopped taking LSVT - Lee Silverman Voice Treatment

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 15
Other 5
Doctor's advice 2
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently going to LSVT - Lee Silverman Voice Treatment

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped going to LSVT - Lee Silverman Voice Treatment

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 9
1 - 2 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 13
Usually 15
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 14
Not at all hard to take 6
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 14
Not specified 10
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5 patient evaluations for LSVT - Lee Silverman Voice Treatment

Sep 20, 2017 (Started May 19, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 240 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I have now introduced a friend (who does NOT have PD) to these exercises & she does them with me about 3 x per week. I do about 20 reps of each exercise now, an increase from the 8 that are required. My balance is better while I am doing them but I still have PD symptoms as before. But perhaps I am not getting any worse.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 12, 2017 (Started May 19, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 240 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I continue these exercises almost every morning and I have even increased the number of reps from 8 each to 10 each & 2 of the exercises to 15. I still don't notice any improvement in anythingn , except that I am able to do these few more reps. I still forget them on occasion but not often. I plan to continue doing them forever and hope for an obvious change for the better.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 29, 2016 (Started May 19, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 240 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I am now doing these exercises on my own.  Some days I don't want to do them but I have a routine when I arise in the morning that includes LSVT Big.  It takes me all of 15 minutes to do the exercises and I am getting better at doing them, but I am still very clumsy and almost lose my balance often.  I remember the exercises without looking at my paperwork.  I can usually complete the exercises w/o stopping to catch my breath.  At first this was not the case!  I would like to build my stamina but this has not happened yet.  I will keep it up hoping that it will slow the progression of PD.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 9, 2016 (Started May 19, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 240 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I did the exercises faithfully during the program but now that it is over I skipped 2 days. The exercises are not difficult (I do tend to lose my balance, though) so I have no excuse for slacking off. I find that I am able to execute the exercises much better now than at first, but there has been no earth shattering improvement in my PD symptoms. And the reduction in back pain that I so eagerly awaited never happened. I still experience disabling low back pain after being on my feet for 20 min to 1/2 hour. That has not changed much. My Physical Therapist did teach me many other little things to do beyond the LSVT Program: use ear plugs to block out my husband's snoring (HUGE help to me!); stretching exercises; pelvic tilts & Bridge (yoga pose) to strengthen my low back; A wheeled walker (rollator) when going for long walks (remarkably helpful-I got it because it had a seat so I could sit during a long walk, but it turned out that all I really needed was the handle bars to help keep me upright and to lean on. I can now walk the 6/10th mile trip to the mailbox and back w/o needing to sit); she has encouraged me to return to belly dancing, doing the steps I am still able to execute. I had given it up completely due to my clumsiness. But I have found several steps I can still manage and those I will continue with. I had belly danced for over 25 years and loved it. I guess overall the LSVT Program was worth the effort, but I am disappointed that I didn't see more improvement.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 26, 2016 (Started May 19, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    Mild (temporary increased pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 240 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: It has only been 1 week since I began this new regimen of exercise but I have experienced definite improvement in my ability to get out of a chair & get in & out of my car. I also learned a better way to get my jacket on without help. I am trying to increase my stamina by just plain walking. I have noticed a very slight improvement there. I look forward to more.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 20, 2016 (Started May 19, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (temporary increased pain)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 240 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I am not sure how well I will do at following the regimen (1 hr x 4days/wk x 4 weeks). I hate exercise. But I improved my movement immediately after doing the exercises the first time. That is a good incentive. Also, the therapist will come to my home for every session. You can't beat that for handy! And my insurance covers it! If I can reduce the pain in my back so that I can cook more & do more housework faster, it will make an enormous difference in my life.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Oct 22, 2013 (Started Nov 05, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for voice changes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Daily

Jan 19, 2013 (Started Nov 05, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for voice changes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Daily

Jun 11, 2010 (Started Nov 05, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for voice changes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.3 hr Daily

Dec 4, 2008 (Started Nov 05, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for voice changes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.3 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: The vocal exercises really work which keeps me doing it, even though infrequently

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 21, 2013 (Started Jun 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for immobiity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for homebound)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: The LSVT Program is one of the most amazing programs that all Parkinson's patients should go through. I have had further health problems which has caused me not be complete my daily exercises; but when I could do all of them, I felt like I almost didn't have PD, which was the greatest feeling in the world!!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 27, 2010 (Started Jun 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for homebound)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for immobiity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 30, 2010 (Started Jun 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for homebound)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for immobiity)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 20, 2010 (Started Jun 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 480 min Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 1, 2010 (Started Jun 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for homebound)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for immobiity)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 480 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I was almost immobile and homebound. My neurologist suggested LSVT BIG because it was specifically made for PD patients. It is a very INTENSE program. It is 4 weeks, 4 days a week, 2 hours each visit. They exercise & push you to the max. You have to do homework: wrist exercises, speech exercises, writing exercises, facial exercises. You have to exercise EVERY morning & EVERY night. It is excruciating, it is painful, it is exhausting, BUT IT WORKS! I can now walk without my walker, I can go up & down stairs, I can lift heavy things without dropping them, and I CAN DO JUMPING JACKS!! This program took me, a 52-year-old almost immobile PD patient & turned me in to an almost completely functioning person. The journey was amazing & overwhelming. I am doing things I haven't done in the 7 years that I have had PD. EVERYONE NEEDS THIS PROGRAM!!!!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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