Parkinson's disease is a progressive brain disorder affecting as many as one million people in the United States. Approximately 60,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. every year.
Parkinson's Disease: What You Need to Know
Parkinson's disease occurs when nerve cells that produce dopamine - an important chemical in the brain - die or become impaired. Symptoms can include tremor or trembling of the hands, arms and other body parts; stiffness; slowness of movement; speech problems; impaired balance and coordination; and dementia.
Early signs of the disease may be barely noticeable. Symptoms usually begin on one side of the body.
The cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown. Some research theories suggest that genetic factors or environmental toxins may be involved.
Parkinson's Disease Care at The UVM Medical Center
At The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT, you will find a team of dedicated and knowledgeable physicians with advanced expertise in caring for patients with Parkinson's disease.
We offer state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, along with access to advanced technology and therapies. Patients are seen in our Movement Disorders Clinic, which provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of Parkinson's disease. They receive care from skilled medical specialists -- including neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists who are trained in the latest treatments for Parkinson's disease.
Because The UVM Medical Center is a university hospital and health system in partnership with the University of Vermont, you can be assured that your care is informed by the latest scientific innovations and ground-breaking research. Our physicians participate in a rigorous Parkinson's research program, and are involved in on-going clinical trials to study new drugs and therapies.
Your treatment is backed by a strong commitment to high-quality care and ongoing quality improvement. The UVM Medical Center is also dedicated to patient education, making sure you have all the information you need to make informed choices about your care.
Through all stages of your treatment - from diagnosis to surgery to rehabilitation -- we provide a caring, personalized approach that puts patients at the center of everything we do.
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