Treatment Options

Our team of movement disorders specialists has extensive experience diagnosing and treating Parkinson’s disease and many other disorders related to gait and movement. We work closely with ancillary services such as psychiatry, and speech, physical, and occupational therapy to provide you with individualized and comprehensive care.

While the cause of Parkinson’s is unknown and there is no cure, our physicians and neurosurgeons are at the forefront of providing you with the medication and surgical treatments needed to more effectively manage your symptoms.

Medications can help alleviate symptoms by replenishing lost stores of chemicals in the brain.

New neurosurgical procedures which may partially replace medication for the management of some Parkinson’s disease symptoms are available at UT Southwestern Medical Center. The surgical procedures help improve the stiffness, tremors, and slowness by implanting tiny electrical devices in the brain that are controlled by a pacemaker-like device. Neurosurgeons who perform this procedure report that it works much like medication does, but can be more precisely controlled for better results.

Treatments we provide include:

  • Botulinum toxin injection
  • Chemodenervation with botulinum toxin for dystonia and spasticity
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) therapy
  • Management of intrathecal baclofen pumps.

Rehabilitation

Our rehabilitation specialists provide compassionate, individualized rehabilitation therapies that can help ease symptoms and slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

With other physicians who are specialists in Parkinson’s disease, our rehabilitation team includes nurses, neuropsychologists, psychologists, and occupational, physical, recreational, and speech therapists. The team approach to rehabilitation enables patients to benefit from a comprehensive program that addresses all aspects of the disease.

We work diligently to provide your family members with information so they can contribute to your successful rehabilitation. Our medical staff involves family members in discussions about the goals of your rehabilitation program, and extends numerous services including psychological counseling, support groups, and educational programs to both you and your family members.

Regardless of mild or severe symptoms, all Parkinson’s patients can benefit from rehabilitation at UT Southwestern. Our exercise and rehabilitation program enables you to participate in activities at work, home, and in the community. In addition, our vocational therapists can help with employment-related adjustments, including providing assistance to help you adapt to the job environment.