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Treatment for Parkinson's Disease

Treatment for Parkinson's Disease depends on the symptoms, and can include:

  • Behavioral, physical, speech, or occupational therapy
  • Medications and drug therapy
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Exercise
Symptoms:Treatment Options:
Muscle Rigidity
  • anti-Parkinson's medications
  • deep brain stimulators
Resting Tremors
  • anti-Parkinson's medications
  • deep brain stimulators
Bradykinesia (Slowness of Movement)
  • anti-Parkinson's medications
  • deep brain stimulators
Postural Instability (Walking and Balance Difficulties)
  • physical therapy
  • assistive devices such as canes and walkers
Constipation
  • ensuring regular activity
  • drinking plenty of fluids/eating more fiber
  • Stool softeners, such as Colace®, or laxatives
Excessive Salivation
  • behavioral interventions
  • ophthalmic solutions of atropine
  • chemodenervation
Medication-related motor complications
  • changing dosage schedule
  • adding additional medications such as a dopamine agonist
  • deep brain stimulation
Depression
  • counseling
  • antidepressant medications
Cognitive Impairment
  • adjusting antiparkinsonian medications
Hallucinations/Delusions
  • adjusting or changing antiparkinsonian medications
  • antipsychotic medicine
Anxiety
  • behavioral techniques
  • antidepressant medications
  • adjusting antiparkinsonian medications
Other Behavioral Disturbances
  • adjustments in antiparkinsonian medications
  • antipsychotic medications
Sleep symptoms
  • regular afternoon exercise
  • behavioral techniques
  • antianxiety or antidepressant medications
  • adjustments in antiparkinsonian medications
Swallowing/Speech difficulties
  • speech therapy
  • swallow evaluation
Dystonia (foot)
  • medication
  • chemodenervation
 

Movement Disorder Symposium

Join us on November 8, 2014 to learn more about the latest in the management of movement disorders from experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine and other health organizations in Maryland. 

Drs. Pantelyat and Mills Join Movement Disorders Team

On July 1, 2014, two new neurologists joined the Johns Hopkins Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center.

PFNCA Annual Symposium:

Dr. Mari discusses past and present Parkinson’s Disease therapies

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