Parkinson’s disease is a nervous system condition that causes a gradual loss of motor control. Every year, about 60,000 people in the United States receive a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. All Neurological Services, with offices located in Brooklyn, New York, and Cliffside Park, New Jersey, specializes in diagnosing and treating Parkinson’s disease. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.
What is Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive condition that develops because of the breakdown of neuronal cells in the brain. These cells produce a neurotransmitter called dopamine, which supports communication within your brain's movement pathways. When these cells become damaged, dopamine levels decrease, causing the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Researchers theorize that genetic and environmental factors play a role in the development of Parkinson’s disease.
What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s disease symptoms may go unnoticed at first and progressively worsen over time. Common symptoms include:
Tremors, especially in the hands and fingers
Changes in speech pattern
Parkinson’s disease may also affect facial expressions or cause difficulties in handwriting.
How is Parkinson’s disease diagnosed?
There’s no single test for diagnosing Parkinson’s disease. The experts at All Neurological Services conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine the appropriate diagnosis.
Your provider reviews your symptoms, medical and family history, and performs a physical and neurological exam. They may also request diagnostic tests such as a CT scan or an MRI to rule out other conditions that might explain your symptoms.
How is Parkinson’s disease treated?
All Neurological Services customizes your Parkinson’s disease treatment plan based on your symptoms and how your body responds to the provided treatments.
Your neurologist can design an individualized treatment plan that helps you manage your symptoms, so you can live an active and fulfilling life.
Treatment may include medications to increase dopamine levels, as well as exercises to minimize symptoms and help you retain motor control.
In some cases, you may be referred for surgical procedures like deep brain stimulation (DBS) to control tremors, muscle rigidity, and involuntary movements.
For comprehensive and compassionate Parkinson’s disease treatment, schedule an appointment with the experts at All Neurological Services by calling the office or booking online today.