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Parkinson's Disease

Franciscan offers patients comprehensive care for Parkinson’s disease

FamilyParkinson's disease is a disorder of the brain that leads to tremors, difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination. It is characterized by shaking, stiffness, slowness of movement and eventually loss of balance. It is caused when your body stops making a chemical called dopamine.

If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or think you may have it, there is hope! Franciscan Health System neurologists are physicians who specialize in disorders within the nervous system, such as Parkinson’s. Together with the patient, the patient’s family members, and a team of specially trained therapists, these specialists work to develop a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan. This plan, unique to each patient, helps to minimize symptoms, prevent complications and maintain the patient’s quality of life.

Care includes but may not be limited to:

  • medication
  • outpatient therapy services
    • physical therapy
    • speech therapy (Lee Silverman voice therapy and swallowing)
    • occupational therapy
     
  • exercise

Learn more about Parkinson’s disease care.

Find a neurologist who treats people living with Parkinson’s or call 1-888-825-3227.