It is no secret that currently there is no known cure for Parkinson's
disease in the world. There are many researches being undertaken and
there may be a time soon when people who are long suffering from this
neurological disease can breathe a sigh of relief. Today, this disorder
is predominantly controlled by medications. Patients are prescribed
medicines that help control most of the symptoms caused by this disease.
But not all hope is lost. These days there are some modern Parkinson's
Disease treatments available that are showing tremendous results and
being well-accepted by a large patient population. These include
surgeries like deep brain stimulation, subthalamic nucleus lesioning,
pedunculo-pontine nucleus stimulation etc. Besides surgery, regular
exercises and yoga form a significant role in the control of Parkinson's
disease. One of the most popular treatments is deep brain
stimulation. This is a surgical procedure in which an electrode is
implanted deep in the part of the brain that controls movement of a body.
The stimulation delivered to this electrode is controlled by a device
called a pulse generator. While this surgery is recommended to patients
that have been suffering from the disease for a long time, partly immune
to the medicines given to them, or in the advanced stages of the disease,
this surgery has shown good results in controlling the involuntary
movements in the patients. It should be noted that though this surgery
helps to a great extent in providing patients with the desired result, in
most cases the medicines prescribed by the doctor are to be continued.
There are many known doctors who hold expertise in this surgery, and it
may be best to consult one before deciding on taking the plunge. The idea
of going through a brain surgery may be scary, but serious risks in this
procedure are uncommon. In very rare cases, complications during the
surgery may cause brain hemorrhage or stroke. On the other hand the
statistics of risk to an infection is more, and sometimes requires a part
of the device to be replaced. This is the reason it is most important to
consult a reputable doctor.
Another complementary treatment for Parkinson's disease is
physiotherapy. The correct exercises can help maintain functions and
improve mobility of the body parts in PD. Even though such therapy cannot
stop the progression of the disease, it can help in keeping the muscle
strength and agility, giving the patient confidence. Plus, exercises are
the best way to improve balance and gait for PD patients. Other
Parkinson's disease treatments that can help a patient are occupational
therapies and speech therapy. If you are a believer in alternative
medicines, you could try homeopathy or acupuncture with a well-known
practitioner. But keep in mind that this disease is not curable currently
and the most anybody can do is teach you how to control your movement and
improve that area of your life.
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