Movement Disorders Frequently Asked Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about movement disorders.

What are treatment options for Parkinson’s disease?

Though Parkinson’s disease does not have a cure, there are treatments, therapies, and lifestyle changes that can help with some of the symptoms.

One treatment for Parkinson’s disease is called deep brain stimulation (DBS). It’s a surgical procedure used to treat the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s, according to the National Institutes of Health(NIH).

With the surgery, an electrode is surgically implanted into the brain. It is connected to a wire implanted under the skin that connects to another implant in the chest, called a pulse generator, according to the NIH.

The system stimulates the brain to help stop Parkinson’s symptoms including tremor, bradykinesia, and rigidity, according to the NIH.

There is no scientific proof that specific changes in diet or exercise will improve Parkinson’s symptoms, according to the NIH. But, eating a healthy diet and being active will help improve a person’s overall well-being, including emotional well-being.

Physical, occupational, and speech therapies can all help with symptoms of Parkinson’s, according to the NIH. Some other therapies, including yoga, massage therapy, dancing, boxing, tai chi, hypnosis, and acupuncture all have shown some benefits from Parkinson’s symptoms but do not help slow the disease.

Talk to your doctor about treatment options for Parkinson’s disease.

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Source: Juan Torres-Reveron, MD, PhD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute