Overview of Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's is a progressive brain disease characterized by the loss of dopamine cells. More than 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with this condition. It is the most common form of 'parkinsonism,' a group of neurological disorders that include those people with tremor (shaking), rigidity (stiffness), bradykinesia (slowness), and postural instability (imbalance).
Parkinson's Disease Treatment
While there is no cure right now for Parkinson's disease, treatment options provided by your physician on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Health can help you manage symptoms.
Treatment plans for patients will be determined by their care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of Parkinson's disease and personal preferences. Options may include:
- Lesion Surgery
- Deep Brain Stimulation
- Neural Grafting/Tissue Transplants
Clinical Trials (when appropriate)
Specialized Centers for Parkinson's Disease Care
The Plummer Movement Disorder Center in Temple takes a team approach in treating Parkinson's disease. The care team includes a movement disorders specialist, a social worker, and physical, occupational, speech and therapists with specialized training in Parkinson's disease. To schedule a consultation with our movement disorders specialist, see your primary care physician or neurologist for a referral.