The Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS)

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2. What Treatments Are Available for Parkinson’s Disease?

Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. In most cases, physicians aim to improve their patient’s lifestyle by prescribing medications to alleviate symptoms.3Treatment.” Parkinson’s Foundation, www.parkinson.org/Understanding-Parkinsons/Treatment. For some patients, this may mean they’re required to take several prescription medications to keep their symptoms under control. Surgical procedures, like deep brain stimulation (DBS), are most often offered in advanced cases of Parkinson’s disease

In addition to medications, a doctor may recommend lifestyle modifications: exercise, adopting a healthy diet and stress management. Individuals living with Parkinson’s should ensure that they’re getting adequate rest.

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