No known treatment can stop or reverse the breakdown of nerve cells that causes Parkinson's disease. But there are many treatments that can help your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Your age, work status, family, and living situation
can all affect decisions about when to begin treatment, what types of treatment
to use, and when to make changes in treatment. As your medical condition
changes, you may need regular changes in your treatment to balance
quality-of-life issues, side effects of treatment, and treatment costs.
Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder that progresses slowly. Some people will first notice a sense of weakness, difficulty walking, and stiff muscles. Others may notice a tremor of the head or hands. Parkinson's is a progressive disorder and the symptoms gradually worsen. The general symptoms of Parkinson's disease include:
Slowness of voluntary movements, especially in the initiation of such movements as walking or rolling over in bed
Decreased facial expression, monotonous sp...
Surgery.Brain surgery, for example deep brain stimulation (DBS), may be considered when medicine fails to control symptoms of Parkinson's disease or causes severe or
disabling side effects. For more information, see Surgery.
Speech therapySpeech therapy. Speech therapists use breathing and speech exercises to help you overcome the soft,
imprecise speech and monotone voice that develop in advanced Parkinson's
Treatment for mental problems. You or your family members may notice that
you begin to have problems with memory, problem solving, learning, and other
mental functions. When these problems keep you from doing daily activities, it
dementia. There are medicines that can help treat
dementia in people with Parkinson's.
Your doctor, other health
professionals, or Parkinson's support groups can help you get emotional
support and education about the illness. This is important both early and
throughout the course of the disease.