Life can be very challenging for people who live with movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, spasticity and Huntington’s disease.
The Parkinson's & Movement Disorders Program offers the broadest range of care options available in the region, helping people with movement disorders cope with physical symptoms, emotional issues, social stigmas and other concerns related to these disorders.
Non-Motor Issues of Parkinson's & Movement Disorders
Movement disorders are neurological conditions that affect a person’s ability to control the way his or her body moves. There are four major symptoms of Parkinson's disease that affect motor skills, but movement disorders can also cause other non-motor issues such as:
- Vision problems
- Changes in speech, voice and swallowing
- Stress and anxiety
- Lightheadedness due to drop in blood pressure
Resources to Cope with Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease
In addition to, or instead of, medication, non-medication treatments are provided by program team members specially trained to address the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and related syndromes.
Support and a connection to resources for patients and family members are also important components of our program. Resources are aimed at improving health and wellbeing through all stages of the movement disorder.