Who is a Candidate for Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery?

Deep brain stimulation surgery is generally considered when quality of life is no longer acceptable and medicine no longer addresses symptoms of disorders such as Parkinson’s, essential tremor and dystonia effectively. Research indicates that deep brain stimulation’s benefits may be just as promising for people in the earlier stages of Parkinson’s, and individuals at minimal risk who can get benefit from the treatment should consider this option. Read on to find out if you are a candidate for DBS.

Muhammad Ali’s Passing is Reminder There is Still Work to be Done

Last week, the world lost Muhammad Ali, “The Greatest,” a hero, humanitarian and champion for Parkinson’s disease (PD). A sports legend and cultural icon, Ali was the world’s most famous Parkinson’s patient.

His passing is a reminder that the fight against PD is not over, and there is still much work to be done. Since 2003, public funding for Parkinson’s research has dropped 50 percent, from $300 million to just $150 million in 2016, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

New Medications available for managing Parkinson’s Disease

There have been several exciting recent developments in the realization of advanced treatment options and new medications for Parkinson’s disease. Patients with PD should consider seeking a medication review at least annually to see if they can benefit from the latest developments for treatment of PD.

Hormone Replacement Therapy to Treat Parkinson’s disease

For the past two years Neurology Solutions Movement Disorders Center has trialed approximately 80 Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as part of their treatment plan. With this protocol, Neurology Solutions is striving to bring the patients’ hormone levels closer to the hormone profile of their youth and investigate its impact on mobility, motor fluctuations, cognition, mood and quality of life.

Managing Common Parkinson’s symptoms

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can be disruptive and extremely uncomfortable and can affect an individual’s “Activities of Daily Living,” or ADL’s. Many people with PD can live independently and perform daily functions with the help of adaptive aids, therapy, and following these tips for managing common Parkinson’s symptoms.

Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy Lunch & Learns

Medtronic has scheduled a series of lunch and learns for implanted and new patients considering Deep Brain Stimulation implant surgery in Austin. The Lunch and Learns include “Battery Longevity Clinic” for implanted patients and “Behind the Surgical Curtain” for new patients.

Physical Therapy at Neurology Solutions with Dr. Eric Rhoden

Movement Disorders require Specialized Care

Movement disorders are complex diseases with physical and psychological symptoms that can affect not only the patient, but those close to them. No one test, scan or checklist can accurately diagnose movement disorders. Choosing the right physician to diagnose and manage the condition is an important decision.

DASH diet recommended for people with Parkinson’s

Recommended diet for Parkinson’s disease, the DASH diet is high in antioxidant, neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory foods. Benefits include maximizing the potential of medications, preventing hospitalization and improving overall well-being.

Neuroprotective benefits of exercise for Parkinson’s

A growing body of evidence suggests that high levels of moderate to vigorous exercise may be a key interventional and neuroprotective therapy to slow progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Likewise, PD experts agree that physical activity is beneficial to PD patients at most stages of their disease, including at early diagnosis.

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