Parkinson's Disease

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AT-A-GLANCE

Do your homework to find the best care provider for Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson's is a complicated, chronic and progressive disease. It’s important to have an experienced healthcare partner providing support from the very beginning of your journey. When researching a Parkinson’s program, consider these factors:

Diagnosing Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's disease is a slowly progressing, degenerative disease related to the brain's loss of the chemical dopamine, which controls coordinated muscle movement. More than 1.5 million Americans have Parkinson's disease, which is characterized by:

Other common symptoms include a shuffling gait, lack of facial expression, stooped posture and difficulty changing position. Non-motor symptoms include depression, fearfulness, sleep disturbance, difficulty sleeping and urinary urgency.

Parkinson’s is more likely to affect men than women, with an average age of onset of 60. Individuals with a parent or sibling with Parkinson’s are twice is likely to develop the disease, but researchers believe the link is both genetic and environmental.

The early symptoms of Parkinson’s sometimes mimic other illnesses, so it’s important to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and have a complete neurological examination with an accurate medical history. Your doctor may need to observe your symptoms over time to reach a conclusive diagnosis.

To eliminate a diagnosis of other diseases or conditions, your doctor may also order additional tests at Cadence Health, including:

Why choose Cadence Health for Parkinson’s disease treatment?

Cadence Health has a long history as a leader in treating movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

Treating Parkinson's Disease

There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease, but neurologists at Cadence Health provide a number of treatments that can help you live a long and productive life, including:

To find a specialist in neurosciences on the medical staff, please call 630.933.4234. TTY for hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

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