​​​​​Treating Parkinson’s Disease

We know Parkinson’s disease can be life changing. This is why we’re with you every step of your journey, providing support and care that extends well beyond your medical treatment.

Why Choose Us for Your Parkinson’s Disease Care?

At Providence, we see more than patients – we see the life that pulses through us all. Learn why so many patients trust us every year to maximize their quality of life.

Parkinson’s disease can affect patients differently, so your care is tailored with the goal of making life easier for you. We provide compassionate, leading-edge medical treatment for your mind, body and spirit. This patient-centered approach is why patients have trusted Providence with their Parkinson’s care for many years.

We take a team-based approach to treating Parkinson’s disease by managing your symptoms and slowing the disease’s progression. Your team will include fellowship-trained neurologists who specialize in Parkinson’s disease. Depending on your symptoms, you may also work with specially trained neurosurgeons, physical therapists, speech therapists, social service advocates and movement disorder nurses.

We provide compassionate care, not only to treat your Parkinson’s disease but also to help you adjust to life changes. Our support groups can help you connect with others and create community. We also offer exercise classes and ongoing physical therapy and rehabilitation to help you maintain mobility.

At Providence, we are committed to providing access to the best care to everyone in our diverse community. We respect and support the racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual and spiritual identities of each of our patients. We offer location-specific services such as translation for non-English-speaking patients, telehealth and transportation assistance. And, in keeping with our Mission, Providence offers financial assistance programs that provide free and low-cost care to those who are eligible.

As our patient, you’ll benefit from one of the largest networks of neurology clinicians in the country. This collaborative system includes award-winning physicians, scientists, researchers and caregivers across 51 hospitals in seven states. The knowledge and skills of these professionals, combined with the expertise of your local team, mean you’re getting the best personalized care. Our network is one of the reasons we care for patients with Parkinson’s disease through more than 10,000 appointments each year.

Patient Stories

When Mike Brodlieb was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, tremors affected his entire body. After undergoing deep brain stimulation at Providence, he immediately saw a 95 percent reduction in shaking. “The first day home after the procedure, I had chicken tortilla soup for lunch without spilling a drop,” Mike says. “I was so happy I was crying afterward.” Read Mike Brodlieb’s story

Mike Brodlieb

More About Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that affects motor skills such as balance and coordination. It can cause shaking and stiffness, eventually making walking and using the arms and hands difficult. Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease, which means it worsens over time. Neurologists at Providence use the most effective therapies to treat you with hope and compassion. At Providence, our approach is to slow the progression of the disease by conducting research through clinical trials that seek to find a cure.

Testing and Diagnostics

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Your neurological team will use the most advanced methods to diagnose your neuroimmunological condition. These may include one or more of the following:

  • Blood test
  • Evoked potential tests
  • Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
  • Medical history
  • MRI
  • Physical examination

Personalized Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

No two patients are the same. This is why your care team works with you to create a treatment plan based specifically on your Parkinson’s symptoms and your personal needs. Your plan will extend beyond your initial treatment to include long-term care. Every treatment plan includes lifestyle changes. Treatment may also include one or more of the following therapies:

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Meet the Team

At Providence, you'll have access to a vast network of dedicated and compassionate providers who offer personalized care by focusing on treatment, prevention and health education.