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Parkinson's Disease

Neurology Specialists, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation & Behavioral and Therapy Services located in Coral Springs, Sunrise and Fort Lauderdale, FL

Parkinson's Disease services offered in Coral Springs, Sunrise and Fort Lauderdale, FL

If you experience tremors (involuntary rhythmic shaking), rigid muscles, or slowed movements, it could be because of Parkinson’s disease. At The Neurology Institute in Coral Springs and Sunrise, Florida, the exceptional neurology team diagnoses and treats Parkinson's disease to minimize bothersome symptoms and help you live your best life. Call the office to schedule an evaluation or use the online booking feature today.

Parkinson's Disease Q&A

What is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a condition that affects your nervous system and parts of your body that nerves control. The symptoms often begin as a minor nuisance but can progress to become debilitating when left untreated. See the neurologists at The Neurology Institute at the first sign of Parkinson's disease. 

What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?

The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include:

  • Slowed movements
  • Tremors
  • Rigid muscles
  • Impaired balance or posture
  • Difficulty writing
  • Problems with speech
  • Chewing or swallowing difficulty 
  • Sleep disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Sexual dysfunction 
  • Pain
  • Blood pressure changes

You may have a reduced ability to swing your arms when you walk, blink, smile, or do other unconscious movements.

The early signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are often mild, and you may not notice them immediately. But over time, the disease can become more and more debilitating. You may have difficulty solving cognitive problems, feel depressed, or experience bladder issues.

What are the risk factors for Parkinson’s disease?

Possible causes and risk factors for developing Parkinson’s disease include:

  • Family history of Parkinson’s disease
  • Older age
  • Environmental toxin exposure
  • Being a man

The exact cause of Parkinson’s disease isn’t known but adopting healthy habits, such as getting regular exercise and eating nutritious foods, may be the best way to reduce your chance of having it. 

How does my provider diagnose Parkinson’s disease?

The Neurology Institute team can often diagnose Parkinson’s disease after reviewing your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle habits. They complete physical and neurological exams, check your vital signs, and often perform blood tests, imaging procedures, or other diagnostic tests.

How is Parkinson’s disease treated?

A number of treatments help reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including medications, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery. MRI-guided focused ultrasound, and deep brain stimulation are medical procedures available if other treatments haven’t worked. 

It’s also important to eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly, try relaxation techniques to reduce stress, and take steps to avoid falls.

Your neurologist customizes each Parkinson’s disease treatment to maximize your outcome, minimize symptoms, and offer you the best quality of life possible. 

To get treated for Parkinson’s disease, call The Neurology Institute office or schedule an appointment online today.