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Overview of Treatment and Symptom Management for Parkinson’s disease

Though there is not a cure for Parkinson’s disease, there are many treatments available that help to manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Treatment options include various medications, deep brain stimulation, pallidotomy, physical, occupational, and speech therapy, lifestyle changes (such as diet and exercise), and complementary and alternative therapies (massage, Alexander Technique, vitamins and herbal supplements).

Researchers are constantly testing new treatments for Parkinson’s disease and a doctor may suggest that a patient with Parkinson’s disease enroll in a clinical trial. Clinical trials allow patients with a specific medical condition (like Parkinson’s disease) to participate in research studies. During these studies, patients test the new treatment the researchers have developed.  Please be advised that not all health insurance plans cover the cost of participating in a clinical trial.

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