As the region’s leader in providing care for neurological conditions, Norton Neuroscience Institute is dedicated to offering the most advanced treatments and support for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s usually affects people between the ages of 55 and 75, but it can develop at an earlier age. Nearly 1 million Americans are living with the disease.
While a cure has yet to be found for Parkinson’s, Norton Neuroscience Institute offers the most advanced treatments available to help control your symptoms.
Parkinson’s disease is difficult to diagnose in its early stages due to mild symptoms and a gradual onset. Typically, the disease initially is diagnosed through symptoms, which may include:
These symptoms are caused by destruction of certain cells in your brain. Messages from the brain telling your body how and when to move are delivered more slowly, leaving you incapable of initiating and controlling movements in a normal way.
Treatment for Parkinson’s is directed at relieving symptoms, usually through medication or surgery. Other treatment approaches include general lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, support groups, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
Strides have been made in the past decade that have improved both medications and surgical techniques. At Norton Neuroscience Institute, our physicians offer state-of-the art treatment for Parkinson’s disease.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS). During a DBS procedure, our neurosurgeons place a small device inside the chest. The device sends electrical pulses to the brain that alter nerve signals that cause symptoms such as tremors, rigidity and stiffness. With DBS, patients can typically see the motor symptoms improve 50 to 80 percent or even more.
Norton Neuroscience Institute neurosurgeons have advanced training and technology in DBS and are one of the few centers to offer “asleep” DBS in addition to performing the surgery while patients are awake. Having the procedure under general anesthesia is faster and safer.
A consultation with a Norton Neuroscience Institute neurosurgeon and a series of tests are needed to determine if a patient is a candidature for DBS.
In addition to administering expert medical care for patients with Parkinson’s disease, we provide extensive support that includes:
It’s part of Norton Neuroscience Institute’s goal to care for the whole person, not just the condition.
More patients from Louisville and Southern Indiana seek their neurology and neurosurgery care from Norton Neuroscience Institute’s nationally recognized specialists than any other providers in the area.
Your Norton Neuroscience Institute medical provider has the expertise, experience, diagnostic tools and sophisticated treatments to provide care tailored to your needs.
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