Parkinson’s disease affects about one million people in North America alone. This disease is a slowly progressive neurodegenerative condition that results in slowness and stiffness and can impair a person’s ability to carry out tasks independently. Unfortunately, there is still no cure for Parkinson’s disease, and much of the treatment focuses on alleviating the symptoms with oral medications. Dr. Cindy Zadikoff discusses the various stages of Parkinson’s disease as well as the different treatment options.
Not all of the symptoms of Parkinson’s are movement-related; there are often non-motor symptoms as well. About 40 percent of patients with Parkinson's disease also suffer from depression, and many have trouble with speech. Learn more about dopamine and its effect on Parkinson’s patients. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the physicians and experts on staff take a team approach to treatment. Movement disorder specialists, such as Dr. Zadikoff, work with physical therapists and speech therapists to provide the best care for patients living with Parkinson’s.
Dr. Zadikoff discusses current treatments, such as levodopa, that reduce symptoms. She also speaks about the latest research in finding new and better drugs to increase the quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s. Hear about the tremendous progress being made as scientists across the nation collaborate to find a cure for this neurodegenerative disease.
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