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What are the goals of treatment for Parkinson's disease?

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The goals of treatment vary for each person, but in most cases, treatment for Parkinson's disease is designed to:

  • Maintain overall quality of life
  • Improve mobility and function
  • Reduce rigidity
  • Reduce tremor
  • Reverse slowed movements
  • Improve posture, gait, balance, speech, and writing skills
  • Maintain mental sharpness

From: Treatment Options for Parkinson's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 28, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 10/28/2017

SOURCES:

FDA. "FDA approves drug to treat Parkinson’s disease."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease Information Page." "Parkinson's Disease: Hope Through Research."

National Parkinson Foundation: "How Is PD Treated?"

National Parkinson Foundation: "Generic vs. Branded Drugs for Parkinson's Disease."

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Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 28, 2017

SOURCES:

FDA. "FDA approves drug to treat Parkinson’s disease."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease Information Page." "Parkinson's Disease: Hope Through Research."

National Parkinson Foundation: "How Is PD Treated?"

National Parkinson Foundation: "Generic vs. Branded Drugs for Parkinson's Disease."

Teva Neuroscience, Inc.

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 28, 2017

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