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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is there treatment for Parkinson's disease?

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    Dr Nicholas Bradfield

    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychologist

    Dr Bradfield is a Clinical Neuropsychologist working in private practice and in the public health system in Melbourne, Australia. He has clinical experience conducting neuropsychological … View Profile

    There are multiple treatment options for Parkinson's disease including medications, physiotherapy and brain surgery. There are a few types of medications, but most are aimed at increasing the levels of dopamine in the brain. Physiotherapy and other allied health therapies can also help. In some cases, deep brain stimulation is performed; this is where a wire is inserted into a part of the brain (often the subthalamic nucleus) and acts like a pacemaker does for your heart. I would recommend getting a referral for a neurologist to discuss these options. Many major health networks (in Melbourne at least) have a Movement Disorders Clinic, wich offer comprehensive multidisciplinary team care for people with Parkinson's disease.

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