Northwest Neurology is dedicated to providing comprehensive, integrated, patient-centered care for patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders including:
Movement disorders are a group of neurological illnesses characterized by the disruption loss of voluntary movement. There can be an increase in movement (like tremors) or a decrease in movement (such as trouble walking or speaking).
While the exact cause of many movement disorders is unknown, they all originate in abnormal circuitry in the brain.
When assessing someone for Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders, there are a variety of tests that can be used. These diagnostic tests include:
When treating movement disorders, neurologists look to a variety of treatment options to find the best plan for a patient’s symptoms, often incorporating several treatment methods.
Medical management involves using medications to help with Parkinson’s Disease and symptoms caused by other movement disorders.
Botulinum Toxin Injections (Botox) can be very helpful for dystonia and several other conditions. In some instances, there are also surgical treatment options, such as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS); this is most helpful for essential tremors and for Parkinson’s disease.
BIG and LOUD therapy is a program focused on improving movement and speech in patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Walking, arm and leg movements, and balance are all addressed during this therapy. This program works also with patients to increase their voice volume and communication – a common concern in someone with Parkinson’s Disease.
Lastly, we address the changes in lifestyle, most specifically exercise, but also diet and other personal changes, that can have a tremendous positive impact on the trajectory of many movement disorders.
By using an integrated and coordinated approach to treatment, Northwest Neurology can provide comprehensive and patient-centered care.
Clinical research for conditions like Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders is made possible through patient volunteers, trained research staff, and highly qualified physicians. These trials lead to treatments that help to save lives.
To learn more about the criteria for such research, please contact the Northwest Neurology Research Center.
At Northwest Neurology, we treat your family member as if they were our own. Our dedicated staff specializes in comprehensive, patient-centered treatment for Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. To request additional information, please call (847) 882-6604 today!