Care for Parkinson’s Disease

Banner Health neurologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. We offer a wide range of care options from medication and rehabilitation to procedures and support services. Our experienced, compassionate team works with you to build a proactive treatment plan to manage your symptoms, so you and your loved ones can continue to lead full and active lives.

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is not an easily understood disease. However, early detection and proper treatment can make a big difference.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological condition. It causes ever-worsening changes to the body and mind. The symptoms of Parkinson's disease develop gradually, and over time make it hard to perform daily tasks.

This disease is a movement disorder and causes changes to the nervous system that affect a person's ability to move or stay still. In people with Parkinson’s, nerve cells responsible for making dopamine have died. Decreased dopamine levels cause symptoms such as tremors, slowness, stiffness and balance problems.

At Banner Health, we offer the latest medications, therapies and support services available to treat Parkinson's disease and reduce its symptoms. While treatments can relieve symptoms, currently there is not a cure for Parkinson’s or a way to restore function already lost. However, scientists and doctors at Banner Health are working hard through research and clinical trials to develop new and better treatments.

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What Causes Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s has been linked to a decrease in dopamine, caused by the death of nerve cells, in the brain. The reason for the decline is unknown, but research is currently underway to find its source and a possible cure. For now, early diagnosis is key to effective treatment. Know the symptoms and seek medical advice if you experience them.

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How Is Parkinson’s Diagnosed?

The main way doctors diagnose Parkinson’s is through its presenting symptoms. However, it’s a tricky disease to diagnose as its symptoms may appear to be aging-related or mimic other diseases.

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How Is Parkinson’s Treated?

While there isn’t a cure for Parkinson’s, treatment with medication and therapies can dramatically slow progression and improve your quality of life.

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