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Services and Treatment

A Caring Team Approach
The Center employs a multidisciplinary treatment approach managed by an expert team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, physical therapists, psychotherapists, social workers and nurses. After careful evaluation, this team of specialists designs a treatment program tailored to the patientís needs.

An Individualized Treatment Plan
This comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to patient care involves:

  • Neurological services
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Social services
  • Nursing
  • Psychological counseling
  • Support for caregivers

Innovative Surgical Options
The PD&MDC collaborates with neurosurgeons in the Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at Pennsylvania Hospital to offer neurosurgical treatment to particular patients who no longer respond satisfactorily to expert medical management. Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS, is such a procedure that can relieve rigidity, improve mobility and eliminate tremor and other involuntary movements in carefully selected patients with PD. DBS is also emerging as a viable treatment option for patients with other movement disorders, such as dystonia. Pennís neurosurgeons were the first in the area to perform DBS and are among the most experienced in the United States.

Drug Treatment
The specialists at the PD&MDC utilize a variety of medications to treat the symptoms of all movement disorders so that patients can achieve and maintain their best level of function. Effective treatment can only be accomplished after each patient undergoes a careful, individualized assessment to establish a diagnosis and to create a plan that includes medication as only one component of a multi-disciplined, comprehensive approach.

Physical Therapy
Physical therapy and directed exercise are critical to the good management of PD for symptom relief and preventative maintenance of strength and best possible mobility. The Dan Aaron Parkinsonís Rehabilitation Center, located on the ground floor of the building that houses the PD&MDC, specializes in restoration of function through individualized and group instruction on improving mobility, fall prevention, and other activities that enhance a patientís quality of life while helping them in learning to live with a chronic, neurologic disease.

Psychiatry and Neuropsychology
The PD&MDC has excellent professionals on its staff to provide psychiatric and neuropsychological evaluations to patients with specific needs. Appointments are coordinated by the medical staff. A counselor and social worker are also available to meet with patients and their families to assist with the problems of coping with a neurological disorder and identifying services that might be helpful.

 


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