Our treatment options help relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Improve the symptoms of movement disorders. For Parkinson’s patients, the most effective medication is Carbidopa-levodopa (Sinemet). We also offer the full range of drugs used to treat movement disorders, including MAO and COMT inhibitors and dopamine agonists, among others. They work in different ways to increase levels of dopamine, the brain chemical that helps control your symptoms, such as difficulty walking or tremors.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
DBS is an option for patients whose symptoms fail to respond to medications, or who experience serious side effects from medications. DBS is an effective treatment for patients with Parkinson’s, essential tremor and dystonia. Electrodes are implanted directly onto your brain to stimulate a specific region and interfere with the abnormal activity associated with your symptoms.
Programs designed specifically for Parkinson’s patients meet several times a week at the Duke Health and Fitness Center. The exercises help you control your motor symptoms.
Comprehensive physical and occupational, is delivered by highly trained therapists who specialize in issues relating to Parkinson’s. Therapists are available on site for patient evaluation and treatment, and to offer education to your families.
Our speech-language pathologists help you adapt to changes in speech and cognitive-communication, as well as swallowing difficulties that may accompany Parkinson's and other movement disorders. Our speech pathologists also undergo rigorous training and are certified to provide Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, an intensive program that improves speech and voice in people with Parkinson's disease. We can also help you develop successful strategies for communication and swallowing as your disease progresses, and help you learn to use augmentative and alternative communication, when appropriate.
We offer discussions, classes and support groups to help you or your loved one cope with your diagnosis. Contact our movement disorders center at 919-684-5128 for information on our monthly Parkinson’s support group.
Clinical Social Work
Provides counseling services to patients with movement disorders as well as their families. We can offer referrals to a wide range of support services, including medical disability application and other assistance programs.