World Parkinson’s Day: Parkinson’s damages the nerve cells that produce dopamine in the part of the brain that controls movement. Know better methods of treatment.
World Parkinson’s Day 2022: Parkinson’s is a chronic neurological degenerative disorder, so it progresses rapidly and damages the nerve cells that produce dopamine in the part of the brain that controls movement. Although it is very rare, it usually affects one in 100 people over the age of 60.
However, there are also some misconceptions related to this disease, which are very important to be removed. Breaking misconceptions about Parkinson’s, Gurugram-based Artemis Hospital has emphasized the severity of Parkinson’s disease and the need for mental health care post COVID.
How awareness should be raised
Director of the Department of Neurosurgery and CNS Radiosurgery at Artemis Hospital, Dr. Aditya Gupta, Co-Director, CyberKnife Center, and Dr. Sumit Singh, Director, Department of Neurology, Parkinson’s Specialist, present, timely treatment can control the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and give a better quality of life to the person. To enable quality leadership and to raise awareness about the management options available to improve quality of life.
Methods of treatment of Parkinson’s disease
Dr. Sumit Singh says that timely treatment of movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease (PD) not only improves clinical outcomes but also improves the quality of life of the patient.
Along with the many management options available for this disease, the timely medication goes a long way in improving the symptoms.
2-In some cases when the effect of drugs often subsides, other options like deep brain stimulation surgery play an important role in the treatment.
3- Although surgery is the last resort, many primary care physicians who control tremors through medication do not excel in performing such surgeries.
Therefore, it is important to visit a neurologist not only to diagnose the disease but also to rule out other causes of such symptoms, he added.
How is Parkinson’s disease diagnosed?
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is usually diagnosed on the basis of symptoms, and other imaging tests such as MRI, CT scan of the brain, and PET scan can be used to rule out other diseases not only Parkinson’s. These are not particularly useful for diagnosing disease.
Other methods of treating Parkinson’s disease
Dr. Aditya Gupta says that DBS surgery is a highly safe and low-cost surgical procedure that has been established as a highly effective therapy for advanced Parkinson’s disease over the past decade.
Such procedures have changed the lives of thousands of patients by helping them reduce their medications. Similar to heart pacemakers, in DBS surgery an electrode is placed in the affected area in the brain and attached to a pacemaker-like implant (under the skin of the chest).
He explained that the device is programmed to deliver electrical signals to specific areas of the brain, controlling the abnormal signals that were causing the tremors. The specialty of DBS is that relief is provided to the patient with the help of stimulation.
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