Parkinson's Disease Specialist

Jacinto Medical Group

Family Practice & Neurologists located in Baytown, TX & La Porte, TX

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive condition that can seriously disrupt daily life. The expert team of highly trained neurologists at Jacinto Medical Group provide complete care for the full spectrum of adult neurological conditions, including movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. To visit their neurology department, call the office in Baytown, Texas, or book an appointment online today.

Parkinson's Disease

What is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the nervous system that affects your movement. This progressive disease occurs when certain brain cells (neurons) begin to die. The neurons that Parkinson’s disease affects are responsible for producing the neurotransmitter called dopamine.

Decreasing dopamine levels cause abnormal brain activity, which leads to the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease symptoms tend to appear slowly. They can begin as a hardly noticeable tremor in one hand and grow progressively worse. Common symptoms of Parkinson's disease include:

  • Tremors or shaking
  • Slowed movement
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Difficulty balancing
  • Increased risk of falls
  • Stooped posture
  • Changes in speech
  • Difficulty writing

You could also have a hard time performing movements that used to occur without you thinking of them, such as smiling or blinking.

Who gets Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease is rare in young adults, but the level of risk increases with age. This condition most often develops in mature adults around age 60 and older. Men are more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than women, but both sexes are susceptible to the disorder.

How do you diagnose and treat Parkinson’s disease?

Most of the time, your primary care physician refers you to the neurology department at Jacinto Medical Group because they suspect you might have Parkinson’s disease. No single test is available to confirm you have Parkinson’s disease, but the neurologists at Jacinto Medical Group have extensive expertise diagnosing this condition.

They carefully review your symptoms and medical history and perform a neurological and physical exam. To rule out other conditions, they can also do blood tests or a brain imaging test, such as an MRI.

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic condition that has no cure. However, the skilled neurologists at Jacinto Medical Group work with you to develop a plan to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Depending on your specific symptoms, treatment for Parkinson’s disease can include:

  • Medications to increase or substitute for dopamine
  • Surgical procedures, such as deep brain stimulation (DBS)
  • Lifestyle changes, such as exercise and physical therapy

For the highest quality care of Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, call Jacinto Medical Group or schedule an appointment online today.