Parkinson’s disease is a neurological movement disorder caused by loss of dopamine-producing cells in the brain. Signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s are mild in the early stages, but become more noticeable as the condition progresses.
If you have concerns about symptoms of Parkinson’s disease or you have the disorder, Dignity Health Central California can help. Experienced neurologists and other specialists at these Bakersfield locations provide advanced neurology care for Parkinson’s disease in Central California:
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Recognizing Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms at Dignity Health Central California
Our neurologists use diagnostic testing and their clinical expertise to distinguish symptoms of Parkinson’s disease from those of other movement disorders.
Parkinson’s disease causes uncoordinated and involuntary movements such as:
- Poor balance
- Slow movements
- Stiff muscles
- Tremors of the hands, legs, or face
- Trouble speaking
What Causes Parkinson’s Disease?
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, a specific chemical in the brain required for nerve cells to communicate normal body movement. Some people inherit a gene mutation that ultimately causes dopamine-producing cells in the brain to die. But, most cases of Parkinson’s are not inherited and experts do not know exactly what triggers it. It is likely a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
Although we can’t cure Parkinson’s disease, we offer the best available treatments and therapies to help our patients manage symptoms and enjoy an active life. Your treatment options may include medications, neurosurgery, including deep brain stimulation, and complementary therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
Talk to your doctor to learn more about neurology services and the complex neurological conditions we treat at Dignity Health Central California
Dignity Health Central California neurologists provide personalized, family-centered care for Parkinson’s disease in Bakersfield, and Stockton, CA.