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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a complex progressive brain disorder that disrupts the brain’s ability to regulate movement. At Dignity Health Southern California, our treatment strategies focus on reducing the severity of symptoms, including tremor, walking problems, and muscle rigidity. Surgery and medication are the primary treatment options for Parkinson’s disease symptoms.
Your quality of life and health is our neurologists’ top priority. Use our online Find a Doctor tool to make an appointment and learn more about your options for Parkinson’s disease treatment in Southern California. Our neurological team offers an expertise in caring for neurological conditions with compassion and humankindness.
The most common surgical treatment for Parkinson’s disease involves the implantation of a deep brain stimulator (DBS). In DBS implantation surgery, the surgeon implants a small, pacemaker-like device under the skin near your collarbone. This device is connected to an an electrode in the brain. The DBS device blocks errant nerve signals that cause movement symptoms by sending electrical pulses to the brain.
Patients whose symptoms have become less responsive to other treatments may be good candidates for DBS.
Parkinson’s disease happens when the brain slowly stops producing dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter — a brain chemical that allows communication between nerve cells. Medications can help improve your symptoms by increasing dopamine levels.
The medications doctors at Dignity Health Southern California typically prescribe for Parkinson’s disease include:
Our highly trained neurology team is here to answer your questions about treating Parkinson’s disease with respect and personal care. While evaluating your options, your doctor will consider your specific needs.
Due to its success rate, drug therapy remains the front-line treatment for Parkinson’s disease. However, talk to your neurologist if you feel you may be a candidate for DBS surgery. Your doctor may also recommend complementary therapies to help reduce muscle stiffness and improve your quality of life.