Parkinson’s Disease

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Causes and Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers are still plumbing the causes and the cure for Parkinson’s disease. Causes seem to be a combination of environmental factors and genetic components. Along with signs of Parkinson’s such as bradykinesia, rigidity and trembling mentioned above, those with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may exhibit other symptoms such as:

  • Coordination and balance problems
  • Bent over posture
  • Constipation
  • Speaking and handwriting shifts

Symptoms vary from person to person; common symptoms are:

  • Tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
  • Rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
  • Bradykinesia or slowness of movement
  • Postural instability or impaired balance and coordination

Our Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Specialist

Brian J. Snyder, M.D., a functional neurosurgeon, learned the intricacies of the FDA-approved treatment therapy of deep brain stimulation (DBS) from one of the preeminent experts on DBS, Dr. Andres Lozano. Dr. Snyder has used this innovative treatment to successfully treat symptoms of seizure disorders and epilepsy, chronic pain, and movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease.

Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease (PD) generally begins with medical therapy, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes. Dopaminergic medications may be tried to help overcome the dopamine insufficiency in the brain, and other drugs may be used to control another neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Drug therapy is used to help curb PD symptoms but is not curative.

NSPC’s Long Island team includes specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. If you would like to know more about the treatment options available in our New York centers or make an appointment for a consultation, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Newest Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Solution at NSPC in NY

When medical intervention is not providing the necessary relief from Parkinson’s disease symptoms, surgical intervention may be the next step. Deep brain stimulation has been considered by some PD patients to be near-miraculous in helping them regain their motor function.

“Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders with NSPC’s Dr. Brian Snyder

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