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. Complete Neurological Care, with New York City locations in Forest Hills and Astoria, Queens, the Financial District, Midtown, and Washington Heights, Manhattan, plus Valley Stream and Hicksville, New York, and Passaic, New Jersey, specializes in diagnosing and treating Parkinson’s disease. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive condition that develops because of the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. These nerve cells produce a neurotransmitter called dopamine, which supports communication between your brain cells.
Dopamine also plays an integral role in operating the part of your brain that organizes and controls body movements.
When these cells break down, 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.
Parkinson’s disease symptoms may go unnoticed at first and progressively worsen over time. Common symptoms include:
Parkinson’s disease may also affect facial expressions or cause changes in handwriting.
There’s no single test for diagnosing Parkinson’s disease. The experts at Complete Neurological Care conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine the right 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.
Complete Neurological Care customizes your Parkinson’s disease treatment plan based on your symptoms and how your body responds to the provided treatments.
No single treatment or therapy works for all, but your neurologist can design a 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 need surgical procedures like deep brain stimulation (DBS) to control tremors, muscle rigidity, and involuntary movements. For DBS, a neurosurgeon places electrodes in specific areas of the brain, which attach to a generator implanted in your chest.
For comprehensive and compassionate Parkinson’s disease treatment, schedule an appointment with the experts at Complete Neurological Care by calling the office or booking online today.