Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders

Eating, drinking, writing, walking and driving – activities we do each day without a second thought. But if you or your loved one is struggling with Parkinson disease, even simple activities become very challenging and dangerous.

Parkinson disease is a movement disorder that slowly gets worse over time. Common symptoms include:

  • Shaking or tremors
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Loss of balance
  • Slow movements
  • Stooped posture
  • Loss of fine motor skills
  • Arms don’t swing when walking
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty with speech or swallowing

There is no cure for Parkinson disease. The best medicine is often people – people dedicated to Parkinson care, with a commitment to finding answers.  People who pledge to never give up helping you gain control over your life. People like the caregivers at Aurora Health Care.

Your team of Aurora caregivers will create a treatment plan just for you that includes medications, rehabilitation services, behavioral health, home care and complementary medicine.

To find a neurological care doctor at Aurora, call 888-863-5502.

Treating Parkinson

Your experience with Parkinson disease may be very different from someone else’s. That’s why we customize a treatment plan just for you. Our goal is to help you lead a healthy, happy and rewarding life.

Your personalized treatment plan might include:

Medication: We can help you find the right sequence, timing and combination of medications to manage your physical and psychological symptoms on a long-term basis.

Lifestyle modifications: Not everybody with Parkinson needs medication. Making lifestyle changes – eating right, getting exercise and relaxation therapy – may help you minimize your symptoms to get the most out of life.

Rehabilitation: With the right help, you can remain active and functional at home and work. Let our physical, occupational and speech therapists help you counter the physical complications associated with Parkinson.

Support: Being diagnosed with Parkinson can sometimes lead to depression and anxiety. That’s why we offer counseling services and specialized support groups to help you cope with the emotional challenges of the disease.

Surgery: You may benefit from a surgical technique called deep brain stimulation (DBS). Your neurosurgeon places an electrode in your brain that provides continuous electrical stimulation to the parts of your brain that control body movement. DBS can help reduce tremors and rigidity.

Clinical trials: You may participate in research for new drugs and treatment methods for Parkinson not yet available to the general public.

Other Movement Disorders

Besides Parkinson disease, there are many other movement disorders. Here are a few common ones:

Essential tremor: This common movement disorder causes relentless shaking in the head, arms and hands.

Ataxia: Symptoms include losing control of your muscles in your arms and legs, causing a lack of balance and coordination.

Dystonia: Known as a chronic movement disorder, dystonia causes your muscles to contract involuntarily. It can affect a single muscle or several in your body.

Huntington’s disease: An inherited degenerative condition that affects your brain and causes involuntary movements, forgetfulness, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing and personality changes.

Tourette’s: This neurological condition is characterized by quick, sudden repetitive movements (motor tics) and vocal tics such as throat clearing or uttering fragments of words.

Restless leg syndrome: When lying down, especially at night, you might feel the urge to move your legs because the tingling, pulling or creeping sensation is so uncomfortable.

Contact Us

Being diagnosed with Parkinson disease or another movement disorder can leave you spinning. Your whole world is flipped upside down. We’re here to help you try to put it back upright.

To find a neurological care doctor. call 888-863-5502.