- Understanding Parkinson’s
Parkinson Disease Association of the Rockies
When dealing with the chronic condition of Parkinson's disease, navigating through the system is not a sprint but a marathon. There are many hurdles that you may face throughout the course.
The Director of Patient and Family Services at the Parkinson Association of the Rockies can help you and your family navigate through the system. She is available to meet with you in your home, or another location, or to talk with you by phone to help assess where you are on your journey with Parkinson’s and provide education and resources which will be helpful to your current needs.
Following are some of the issues you may expect to face:
- Finding the Right Neurologist
- Visiting the Neurologist
- Employment Issues
- Legal Assistance
- Financial Matters
Help is a phone call away! 303-861-1810
Traditional and alternative treatments available
You may ask what available treatments there are for Parkinson’s disease?
Traditional treatments include a medication regime and regular exercise.
Alternative treatments include options such as acupuncture and magnetic therapies.
We encourage you to speak with your doctor before embarking on any treatment regime.
- Commonly Prescribed Medications: Read more about medications for motor and non-motor symptoms.
- DBS Surgery: Learn more about Deep Brain Stimulation therapy, an FDA-approved treatment for advanced Parkinson's disease and essential tremor.
- Alternative Therapies: Explore non-traditional methods for care and treatment.
What does it mean to live well with Parkinson’s Disease?
Living well with Parkinson’s disease means taking charge and defining how you will live with Parkinson’s disease rather than letting Parkinson’s define you. There are many different aspects to living well with Parkinson’s. Explore the opportunities and select those that are right for you, fit your life style and enhance your well-being.
- Exercise is critical to maintaining an active lifestyle and maximizing mobility for as long as possible
- Eating well may make a difference in how you metabolize medications and maintain a healthy body to maximize strength in living with Parkinson’s
- Safety is critical to minimizing fall risks and remaining healthy and mobile
- Adaptive living and the use of our adaptive equipment loan products can make everyday living with Parkinson’s easier.
- Other resources including books, videos and various tools may help you find solutions to the specific problems you encounter while living with Parkinson’s disease.
Proper Parkinson’s disease diagnosis is difficult, particularly in the early stages. For many people it takes years before they are accurately diagnosed. The fact that symptoms and progression of symptoms varies between individuals adds to the complexity of diagnosing Parkinson’s disease.
How is Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosed?
Parkinson’s is generally diagnosed by a primary care physician or internist who may than refer the patient to a neurologist of movement disorder specialist.
There are no standard diagnostic tests for Parkinson’s. Rather, the diagnosis is a clinical diagnosis based on findings of a neurological exam and information provided by the person with Parkinson’s disease.
The doctor may:
- Observe your facial expressions for animation.
- Observe your arms and hands at rest for tremors.
- Gently rotate your neck to see if there is stiffness.
- Ask you to rise from your chair.
- Observe your gait while you walk down a hallway.
- Carefully pull you backwards to observe your balance.
- How quickly are you able to regain your balance?
The main role of any additional testing is to exclude other diseases that imitate Parkinson’s disease, such as a stroke.
If you are experiencing Parkinson’s-like symptoms, make an appointment with your primary care physician, neurologist, or movement disorder specials.
The symptoms someone has and how quickly the condition develops will differ from one person to the next. Always consult your doctor to determine if the symptoms you’re experiencing may be a sign of Parkinson’s disease or a sign of other health issues.
Learn more about:
- What is Parkinson’s Disease
- Young Onset of Parkinson’s Disease
- Other Parkinson’s Related Diseases
- Patient Self-Assessment