Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease

By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel

Parkinson’s disease happens when certain nerve cells in the brain have trouble. Patients of Parkinson’s disease have troubles with their movements. If you are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, don’t feel so worried because there are many helpful treatments allowing you to live your life to the fullest. Home treatment and lifestyles changes can help patients to cope with Parkinson’s disease more easily with fewest side effects.

Changes in Lifestyle

Healthy eating. Following a specific healthy diet can help patients ease some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease such as constipation. A suitable diet for this disease should be rich in fiber, fluids, and nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids. Some recommended foods are fruits, vegetables, grains, cereals, legumes, fish, lean meat.

Exercising and physical therapy. Parkinson’s disease affects your sense of balance, which causes patients difficulties in moving, especially walking. Exercise may contribute to the improvement of your balance. Walking, swimming, dancing, playing water aerobics, and stretching are some forms of exercise that you should try.

Adjustment in daily activities and home furniture. Patients with Parkinson’s disease have troubles with normal daily activities such as dressing, eating, and bathing. It is advisable to ask an occupational therapist for some techniques to make your daily living easier. Changing or rearranging some furniture in your house so that you can have things to hold and lean on when moving is also essential.

Treatments for psychological problems

Depression. People who are having Parkinson’s disease usually experience the feeling of sadness and depression. You can always ask for help from your family and friends. If the condition gets worse, you should contact or visit your doctor to get the professional care such as talking to a psychologist and taking some types of medication.

Dementia. This condition usually happens in the late stage of Parkinson’s disease. Dementia causes confusion and the loss of memory. If you are feeling confused and having difficulties in thinking clearly or remembering things, contact your doctor as soon as possible. Dementia in of Parkinson’s disease can be treated with medicines.

Treatments for motor problems

Motor problems are the major barrier that prevents people with Parkinson’s disease from living a comfortable life.

  • Tremor is one of the most common troubles. Patients can put a little weight on their hands to help reduce the tremor while improving the control to the body.
  • To improve the speech quality, which is another trouble of Parkinson’s disease, patients should seek professional help from a speech therapist or a speech-language pathologist.
  • For sexual dysfunction, medication and exercise recommended by doctors can help.
  • It is very important for patients to avoid falls, especially in later stages. Making a U-turn instead of turning your body around over your feet or distributing your weight evenly between both feet are helpful tips.

At the early stage, Parkinson’s disease may not cause so many troubles to your life; however, the disease becomes worse and worse over time. Besides medication and surgery, home treatment can help patients to manage this disease and live your life fully.

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Review Date: May 4, 2017 | Last Modified: December 4, 2019

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