Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system. It most commonly affects movement.
Tremor is the most common symptom of Parkinson's disease, but it is also known to cause stiffness or slowing of movement. Medications can help control the symptoms of Parkinson's. Psychiatric treatment may also help alleviate the emotional distress that frequently accompanies the disease.
The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic at SIU Medicine provides comprehensive medical, physical and emotional support for individuals with Parkinson disease, Huntington disease, Tourette syndrome, dystonia, blepharospasm, essential tremor, ataxia and other movement disorders.
This innovative clinic offers complete care for the movement disorder patient. The initial screening by neurologists provides complete diagnostic information and treatment plans. Based on this evaluation, the patient may be referred to other specialists to meet each individual's short-term and long-term needs.
While attending the clinic, a continuing relationship with the patient's primary physician is maintained. Patients are provided educational materials and information regarding outside community resources.
Movement disorders affect patients and their families in many ways. To meet the needs of each patient, an individual care plan is developed, and may include:
- Neurologists, specializing in movement disorders, conduct an initial neurological examination as well as provide ongoing treatment
- Botulinum treatment for dystonia including blepharospasm
- Genetic counseling and comprehensive evaluation of "at risk" individuals
- Physical therapists provide rehabilitative treatment for development of ambulatory skills through exercise and gait training
- Occupational therapists aid in adaptation to self-care activities, work and leisure skills
- Clinical dieticians help develop diets to meet your specific nutritional needs
- Health care psychologists address emotional and intellectual adaptations associated with the disability
- Speech therapists provide treatment aids and family education for speech difficulties
- Social workers help with personal, social and emotional problems surrounding the disorder
- A clinical data bank and register of available resources provide complete information
- Deep brain stimulation procedure
The clinic supports basic and clinical research in the treatment and understanding of Parkinson disease, essential tremor and other movement disorders.
New Drug Evaluations
The clinic participates in experimental drug evaluation in Parkinson disease, essential tremor and related disorders.