About PD

Parkinson’s Disease – Overview and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The following information is provided to help people with Parkinson’s (PWPs) and their families, friends, and care partners better understand the disease.

This information is provided for general knowledge purposes only.  You should consult a your doctor before beginning or changing any treatment program, including medication, exercise, diet, or non-medical treatments.  Web-based information cannot replace the advice and care of a well-constructed health care team, which could include:

-      general practitioners or family physicians

-      internal medicine specialists

-      neurologists (both general and movement disorder specialists)

-      physical, occupational, and speech therapists

-      dietitians and nutritionists

-      athletic trainers

-      counselors or psychiatrists

-      home health care professionals

-      family members or care partners

What is Parkinson's disease?

How do doctors diagnose Parkinson's disease?

What are the other possible diagnoses?

What causes Parkinson's disease?

What are the risk factors for PD? What can be done to reduce risk?

What drugs or other treatments can stop Parkinson's from getting worse over time?

What drugs are used to treat Parkinson's disease, and how do they work?

Are there effective surgeries for Parkinson's disease?

What sorts of non-pharmacological treatments should be considered?


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