Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement.

While a tremor in one or both hands may be the most well-known sign of the disease, people gradually experience more stiffness or slowing of movement as it progresses.

Parkinson’s disease can be challenging to diagnose and even more challenging to treat. Its cause is unknown and, although there is presently no cure, our team manages symptoms using treatment options that include medication and surgery, including deep brain stimulation (DBS).

The UT Southwestern Difference

UT Southwestern Medical Center is dedicated to clinical care, research, and education for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

In addition to the diagnosis and ongoing care of patients with Parkinson’s, our physicians are active in research to contribute to new drug development and basic scientific discoveries that will improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease.

We’ve established a national reputation for care and access to clinical trials. Doctors across North Texas and throughout the region refer people with Parkinson’s disease to us because of our:

  • ExperienceRichard Dewey, M.D., established the Movement Disorders Clinic in 1994, and it has since grown to include five full-time faculty members. All our physicians have treated many patients with PD and have advanced training for management of the disease.
  • Collaboration – Depending on the care Parkinson’s disease patients need, our neurologists collaborate with other UT Southwestern specialists to provide the best treatment. We also offer clinical care and rehabilitative services in one place.
  • Patient education – Our commitment to our patients reaches beyond the walls of our hospital. We host an annual Parkinson’s Disease Patient and Caregiver Symposium for patients, their families, and anyone interested in learning more about the disease. During the symposium, we review the latest clinical treatments, ongoing research projects, new drugs, and leading-edge developments that are on the horizon.

Our Services

UT Southwestern offers coordinated care for patients with Parkinson’s disease, with a full range of services and support needed to manage the symptoms and complications of this illness. Our team works closely with other UT Southwestern specialists and ancillary services to help manage symptoms and to maximize mobility, balance, and coordination.

We diagnose Parkinson’s disease using an evaluation that includes a medical history and neurological exams.

Each patient will experience symptoms differently, so there is no standard treatment for the disease. We base your treatments on your specific symptoms.

Treatment options may include:

Rehabilitation is a key element of an effective Parkinson’s disease treatment plan. Exercise programs can help people with Parkinson’s stay active and more limber, and improve balance and motor coordination.

Request an Appointment

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