Parkinson’s disease and similar disorders can be life-changing — but you’re not alone
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that can cause tremors, slowness and stiffness, as well as difficulty with speech balance. A careful diagnosis is important because there are other neurological conditions that also restrict movement and cause loss of muscle control.
At Novant Health, our talented clinicians are trained to diagnose Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, certain treatments can improve symptoms and help you continue with your daily activities. After a full evaluation, we may recommend several therapies to ease symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Movement disorders include:
- Atypical parkinsonism (includes multiple system atrophy or MSA, progressive supranuclear palsy or PSP, and corticobasal ganglionic degeneration or CBGD)
- Huntington’s disease
- Essential tremor
- Restless leg syndrome
- Nervous tics
The effects of Parkinson’s disease vary from person to person; early on, they may be slight or unnoticeable, but could include the following:
- Slowed motion
- Rigid muscles
- Stooped posture and problems with balance
- Loss of automatic acts, such as blinking and smiling
- Speech problems
- Dementia/memory problems
- Lifestyle changes, including diet
- Rehabilitation, including occupational, physical and speech therapy
- Deep brain stimulation
- Adaptive and/or assistive devices such as armrests, bed rails, chairs with straight backs or firm seats
Parkinson's disease is diagnosed with a physical exam. Imaging studies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or DaTscan, are used to help support the diagnosis.
After a diagnosis, our highly specialized team will offer you personalized care and support. Our goal is to help you and your family live life as fully as possible. If you believe you have experienced symptoms of Parkinson’s disease or another movement disorder, contact the dedicated team at Novant Health for specialized care.