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Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders

What is Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease and movement disorders team at Cone Health.Parkinson's Disease is a neurological condition that impacts movement. Common symptoms include tremors, stiff muscles, slowed movements, and issues with balance and walking. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s, but we’re learning more and more about the disease and how to treat its symptoms. At Cone Health, we have seen enormous success with our treatment approach, including surgical procedures that result in profoundly reduced symptoms of the disease.

Parkinson’s Disease Treatment at Cone Health

A Parkinson’s disease diagnosis comes with uncertainty, fear and sometimes a feeling of isolation. But at Cone Health, you aren’t alone.

Our integrated care includes:

Support and Resources

This is an emotional diagnosis, and one that impacts your whole family. Our goal is to make sure you’re getting support not just while you’re at Cone Health, but in the days between appointments.

Our social worker will work with both patients and their support systems to help you cope with the changes your diagnosis brings to your everyday life. You will learn how to recognize and adjust to new needs, receive information about coping skills related to disease progression, receive counseling and be plugged into community resources and other areas of support.

Other Movement Disorders We Treat

  • Parkinsonian syndromes - neurological disorders with similar characteristics to those found in Parkinson’s disease, such as tremors and slow movement. These disorders may include:
  • Blepharospasm - symptoms include a contraction or involuntary twitching of the eyelid.
  • Cerebellar ataxia - caused by dysfunction of the cerebellum, symptoms may include a lack of muscle coordination (floppiness), impaired ability to control hand, arm, leg or eye movement and the inability to perform rapid movements.
  • Dystonia - a neurololgical movement disorder that usually presents as involuntary contractions resulting in a repetitive twisting motion.
  • Essential Tremor - typically characterized by involuntary tremors or shaking in the hands or forearm. It can also impact the neck, head and areas of the face.
  • Hemifacial spasm - a movement disorder in which contractions are isolated to one-side (hemi) of a person's face.

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