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Is There a Cure for Parkinson's Disease?
Although research is ongoing, to date there is no known cure or way to prevent Parkinson’s disease. Still, research in Parkinson’s disease has made remarkable progress. There is very real hope that the causes, whether genetic or environmental, will be identified and the precise effects of these causes on brain function will be understood. These remarkable achievements give real hope for the future.
Even though there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, by identifying individual symptoms and determining a proper course of treatment, most people with the disease can live enjoyable, fulfilling lives.
Can Parkinson's Be Prevented?
To date, there is no known way to prevent Parkinson’s disease. But, there are several treatment options, including drug therapy and/or surgery that can reduce the symptoms, and make living with the disease easier.
How Do I Know if I Am a Candidate for Deep Brain Stimulation?
Deep brain stimulation works for people with Parkinson Disease who have responded to levodopa but now have developed dyskinesias or other off symptoms like a return of tremors, rigidity and slowness of movement. DBS doesn’t seem to help people with a typical Parkinson’s syndromes that also don’t seem to improve with Parkinson’s medsicines.