The symptoms of Parkinson's disease can have a significant impact on the way you lead your life. If you're looking for a way to manage your condition more effectively, the surgeons at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine could have the answers. They have considerable experience in treating patients affected by Parkinson's disease, including deep brain stimulation technology. The practice has nine locations in Colorado, including Lone Tree, Englewood, Castle Rock, Denver, Wheat Ridge, Colorado Springs, Parker, Yuma, and Lamar. To schedule a consultation, call the office nearest you.
Parkinson's Disease is a common, disabling degenerative disorder of the brain and nervous system. It affects the way you move and can lead to cognitive difficulties.
When you have Parkinson's disease, neurons – a type of nerve cell in your brain – slowly break down and die. Many of the neurons affected produce a chemical called dopamine, which acts as a messenger in your brain.
If your dopamine levels fall too low, it affects the way your brain functions, causing the typical symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Parkinson's disease affects people in different ways but more common symptoms include:
If you have Parkinson's disease, you can lose the ability to perform automatic movements like smiling, blinking, and swinging your arms as you walk.
The precise cause of Parkinson's disease isn't clear. Genetic mutations can cause the condition, but these are rare. More often, genetic factors may increase your risk of developing Parkinson's disease, sometimes in combination with significant exposure to toxins such as pesticides.
Men are more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than women, and most cases develop around the age of 60 or older. However, younger people can develop Parkinson's disease.
Parkinson's disease is incurable, but the CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine team offers some highly effective treatment options.
Many people with Parkinson's disease benefit from physical therapy to improve balance and flexibility. Speech-language therapy can help you with any speech problems.
The team at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine prescribe medications such as carbidopa-levodopa, one of the most effective drugs for treating Parkinson's disease. You can take it by mouth, inhale it, or receive an infusion, depending on the stage of your illness.
Dopamine agonists, MAO B inhibitors, and COMT inhibitors could also be helpful. However, one of the most effective treatments the team at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine uses is deep brain stimulation.
Deep brain stimulation involves your provider at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine implanting electrodes into your brain. The electrodes connect to a generator in your chest that delivers electrical pulses to the brain.
Deep brain stimulation can help stabilize fluctuation problems with your medication, reduce dyskinesia, tremor, and rigidity, and improve bradykinesia.
For more information about deep brain stimulation and other Parkinson's disease treatments, call CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine today.