Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition that affects individuals who are usually past the age of 65. While some Parkinson’s disease cases are hereditary, other cases can arise spontaneously. Also, the cause of this condition is unknown. Extensive research shows and confirms that this disease occurs when brain cells in the brain’s Substantia Nigra area die off. Without the ability to continue manufacturing dopamine, control over muscle movement deteriorates.
Signs and symptoms
- Slow and awkward gait
- Impaired motor abilities
- Lack of balance
- Postural instability
- Resting tremors
- Rigid limbs
- Loss of normal facial expression
Note: these are just a few signs and symptoms provided for informational purposes. Do not attempt self-diagnosis based on this list.
Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, modern medical innovations are constantly being used to alleviate the symptoms experienced by patients. Doctors also see significant improvement in their patients’ symptoms by prescribing medications such as carbidopa-levodopa. These medications are also helpful when a diagnosis needs to be made. Other notable medications used for treatments include MAO-B inhibitors, Catechol-O-Methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors, dopamine agonists, and more.
Northern Neurology Specialties, Dr. Jill Bressler – Experts You Can Trust for Parkinson’s Disease Treatment
At Northern Neurology Specialties, Dr. Bressler is well versed in the areas of diagnostic testing for Parkinson’s disease as well as managing the disease medically. A SPECT scan with DAT may also be useful to diagnose Parkinson’s Disease and distinguish this condition from other causes of tremors. We are able to provide proper medical advice on whether surgery may be an option as well as the types of medications that will help control your symptoms. As with many other neurological diseases, we may refer you to a subspecialist for an opinion as part of your overall plan of care. In addition to treatment, you will be supplied with useful information such as recommendations for lifestyle changes as well as PD resources. If you suspect Parkinson Disease, call our office for treatment and to find out more on this disease.