Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder which involves the deterioration and loss of irreplaceable neurons in the substantia nigra, a portion of the brain that helps direct controlled movement. This deterioration of neurons leads to some of the more commonly known symptoms of Parkinson’s disease such as trembling, rigidity, and bradykinesia — absence of movement or movement that is extremely slow.
What Is Parkinson’s Disease?
Brian J. Snyder, M.D., talks about the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.
Causes and Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
Researchers are still plumbing the causes and the cure for Parkinson’s disease. Causes seem to be a combination of environmental factors and genetic components. Along with signs of Parkinson’s such as bradykinesia, rigidity and trembling mentioned above, those with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may exhibit other symptoms such as:
Coordination and balance problems
Bent over posture
Speaking and handwriting shifts
PD symptoms can vary from patient to patients, so an evaluation by a Parkinson’s disease specialist or movement disorder physician can help ensure an accurate diagnosis.
Our Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Specialist
Brian J. Snyder, M.D., a functional neurosurgeon, learned the intricacies of the FDA-approved treatment therapy of deep brain stimulation (DBS) from one of the preeminent experts on DBS, Dr. Andres Lozano. Dr. Snyder has used this innovative treatment to successfully treat symptoms of seizure disorders and epilepsy, chronic pain, and movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease.
Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease (PD) generally begins with medical therapy, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes. Dopaminergic medications may be tried to help overcome the dopamine insufficiency in the brain, and other drugs may be used to control another neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Drug therapy is used to help curb PD symptoms, but is not curative.
Newest Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Solution at NSPC in NY
When medical intervention is not providing the necessary relief from Parkinson’s disease symptoms, surgical intervention may be the next step. Deep brain stimulation has been considered by some PD patients to be near miraculous in helping them regain their motor function.
“Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders with NSPC’s Dr. Brian Snyder”
NSPC’s Long Island team includes specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. If you would like to know more about the treatment options available in our New York centers or make an appointment for a consultation, don’t hesitate to get in touch.