Parkinsonism Treatment

Although there is currently no cure for Parkinsonism, researchers are making advances toward better understanding and managing this group of neurodegenerative diseases. UT Southwestern is active in developing new treatments for Parkinsonism through research and clinical trials.

We generally treat Parkinsonism through medication and physical, occupational, and speech therapy.

Medication

Some Parkinsonism symptoms may be controlled with medication. For example, baclofen can improve muscle tightness and levodopa can improve slowed and/or weakened movement.

Symptoms of depression that are related to Parkinsonism may improve with antidepressants. Emotional fragility, motivational deficiencies, and disrupted sleep-wake cycles can be helped by pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments.

Cognitive problems may also arise for people with Parkinsonism; cholinesterase inhibitors may help. If a person is experiencing hallucinations, these may be alleviated with the use of clozapine.

If you are experiencing drooling from the mouth, often due to impaired swallowing, a spray treatment to the mouth or injection into the salivary glands may be used to relieve the symptom.

Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy

A regular daily exercise program is vital for maintaining muscle tone, strength, and flexibility. Our physical therapists are trained in neurological conditions and can design an appropriate program that meets your special needs.

An occupational therapist will assess your abilities and home environment and make recommendations that allow for greater independence while at the same time ensuring safety.

Parkinsonism patients generally have more problems with speech and swallowing than people with Parkinson’s disease, so speech therapy might be recommended for these patients. We’ll develop a program to improve your voice articulation and volume.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a Parkinsonism specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas, or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.