Treatments for Parkinson's Disease

Treating Parkinson's Disease

From research to recovery, we're here to work with you. Each patient experiences symptoms differently and responds to treatments differently. We'll create your treatment plan specific to you. Treatment options include:

Medicine

Our Parkinson’s experts will work with you to individualize your Parkinson’s medication regimen to improve both your motor (tremor, stiffness, slowness) and non-motor symptoms (depression, anxiety, insomnia and constipation, etc). Sometimes medications are not immediately necessary. Our goal is to use them to improve quality of life.

Exercise

Exercise is an important part of any comprehensive treatment plan for Parkinson’s. Our Parkinson’s experts and therapists will help you find an exercise regimen that is appropriate for you.

Big and Loud Program  

Our therapist at Spectrum Health movement disorders program is Lee Silverman, Voice Treatment certified (LSVT-certified). We offer LSVT Big and LSVT loud therapy programs and therapy services at multiple locations in West Michigan. Spectrum Health also coordinates with therapists at non-spectrum locations to bring therapy options closer to your home. 

DUOPA (Levodopa Intestinal Infusion Therapy)

Spectrum Health movement disorders program offers DUOPA, another powerful treatment option for persons with Parkinson’s disease. Partnered with interventional radiologists, Spectrum health offers patient selection, surgical placements and programming as part of the Levodopa intestinal infusion therapy. For more information, please contact DUOPA program coordinator Beth at 616.267.7651.

Botox

Botox is not only used for cosmetic purposes. It can be helpful for the treatment of drooling and dystonia, such as toe and ankle curling, that are sometimes associated with Parkinson’s. Your neurologist will help you decide if this is a treatment from which you would benefit.