Surgical treatment is reserved for patients who do not respond well to medications, and is identified as DBS, or Deep Brain Stimulation.
It is a surgical procedure that implants electrodes into the patient’s brain, that is then connected to a device attached to the patient’s chest, creating a stimulation in the brain that is painless for the patient and which rebukes many of the problems Parkinson brings in relation to the movement of the patient.
Therapy includes but is not limited to occupational, physical and speech therapy. These are known to assist patients with tremors, rigidity, gait disorders, voice disorders. These also give other benefits to patients depending on their current situation. Therapy is a viable option as it may be customized and designed to suit the patient’s needs.
Interestingly enough, research on Parkinson Disease has gained traction and recent advances have helped in improving symptomatic therapy for motor and non-motor symptoms of patients, though research on a definitive cure is still ongoing and some efforts are being turned into collectives.
For example, The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, otherwise known as NINDS, has formed collectives to seek fundamental knowledge of the brain and use available information to conduct research on ideas that may direct them towards a cure, or at least to create an effort to help reduce the severity of symptoms on patients.
In 2014, the same institution organized the Parkinson’s Disease 2014: Advancing Research, Improving Lives Conference, which gave birth to a collaboration of researchers, clinicians, patients and benefactors to create a total of 31 recommendations for Parkinson Disease research.
Another example of a research breakthrough is the discovery of a Genetic “switch,” and the possibility of it preventing the symptoms of Parkinson Disease altogether. The research was conducted by the Medical Research Council at the University of Leicester in 2017. The study focused on the gene ATF4 and its key role in Parkinson Disease.
What steps have been made in Parkinson’s Disease cure research? Researchers all over the world are still working on developing a cure. However, a multitude of breakthroughs has been developed. These mitigate and, in some cases, prevent the progression of Parkinson Disease symptoms altogether. And that is no small feat.
While a number of Old Adults are at risk, any of the aforementioned treatment methods may prove effective in mitigating the development of their symptoms.
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