Treatment for Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's Disease is a degenerative disorder of the nervous system
that affects movement. In most people, symptoms take years to develop,
often starting with a barely noticeable tremor or slightly slurred speech.
However, in its later stages, patients are often unable to walk and eventually
require around-the-clock nursing care.
There is no known cure for Parkinson’s Disease, but it can be treated
with medications that help control symptoms such as shaking, muscle stiffness,
and poor balance. In some cases, a procedure called deep brain stimulation
can help reduce symptoms.
At Baton Rouge General, many Parkinson’s patients have benefitted from the
LSVT Big and
Loud therapy, which uses exercise and training to improve limb and body movement, as
well as voice and speech performance. The sooner a patient starts this
unique program, the better the results.