Overland Park Regional Medical Center specializes in patients with Parkinson's disease. The neurologists at Overland Park Regional Medical Center have developed a wide range of options to treat Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. Each treatment plan is tailored to the patient to provide relief from symptoms and increase quality of life.
Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder that causes:
- Muscle rigidity
- Tremor at rest
- Slowing down of movements (bradykinesia)
- Difficulty moving and gait instability
It is caused by a loss of nerve cells in the brain. This loss decreases the amount of dopamine in the brain, and the low dopamine results in Parkinson’s disease symptoms.
There are no tests to definitively diagnose Parkinson’s disease. In order to rule out other causes of your symptoms, your neurologist may order tests such as:
- Blood tests
- Computerized tomography (CT)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Urine tests
Currently, there are no treatments to cure Parkinson’s disease. Some medications are used to improve symptoms, but over time the side effects may become troublesome or the medications may lose their effectiveness.
Some patients also benefit from physical therapy. For more information on physical therapy, please visit rehabilitation.