Healthy Living

Serious Shortage of Doctors Affects Parkinson's Disease Patients

Growing Concerns for Proper Treatment

As mentioned earlier, the medications and therapies are only as useful and effective if they are administered by doctors that have sufficient knowledge in managing Parkinson’s disease. Doctors that are specialized in the field will know what type of test to administer and the needed check-ups to conduct. They will also look at significant patterns and symptoms displayed by the patient in order to be able to determine needed proper treatment in the hopes of helping the patient attain a high-quality life amidst the diagnosis of the disorder. At a bigger perspective, the advantages include lower mortality rates and a decrease in numbers of nursing home placement. On the other hand, misinformation and lack of treatment can have devastating long-term effects on the person such as higher morbidity and mortality rates.

Dr. Okun, a neurology professor at the University of Florida, states that doctors should have a better understanding of the treatments and medications available for Parkinson’s patients and how some therapies might work for others, and some don’t. The simplest techniques such as exercising may be more beneficial than medicine, and there are some that might benefit more from surgical therapy. There are also symptoms that might need the attention of psychologists or counselors, such as the presence of depression.