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Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, chronic neurological disorder that affects the brain cells that control muscle movement. Parkinson’s disease causes these brain cells to become damaged or die. The disease is not yet curable, but symptoms can be treated, and quality of life can be improved.
Trusted neurological and neurosurgical care for Parkinson’s disease is available in Arizona at Dignity Health. Our Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s location has been named a top neurological hospital by US News and World Report.
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The signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease vary. They may be very subtle and easy to miss in the early stages. The most common signs and symptoms are:
Researchers do not yet know what causes Parkinson’s disease specifically. However, it involves the loss of the neurotransmitter dopamine in critical areas of the brain. Experts have identified these risk factors:
There is not yet a cure for Parkinson’s disease, so treatment is focused on relieving symptoms and maintaining quality of life. Treatments options are:
Dignity Health provides leading Parkinson’s disease treatment in Arizona.