BENEFITS OF ADDING A MOVEMENT DISORDER SPECIALIST TO YOUR TEAM

A movement disorder specialist is a neurologist who has received additional training in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other movement disorders including dystonia, chorea, tics and tremors. Whereas a general neurologist may treat patients with any of more than 100 neurological conditions, a movement disorder specialist focuses primarily on Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. The benefit of seeing a movement disorder specialist, often affiliated with a major university or teaching hospital, is that they are usually on the cutting-edge of knowledge and treatment of PD and other movement disorders and are often best equipped to tailor a plan of care for you and your specific needs.

A movement disorder specialist will work closely with your neurologist or current doctor to help ensure your needs are met. A movement disorder specialist is also likely to have relationships with other specialists and allied care professionals who could help provide a more holistic, or complete, level of care.

Even if you’ve been treated for Parkinson’s for some time, you may want to consult a movement disorder specialist to:

  • Review your current medications and recommend adjustments if needed
  • Assemble a team of health care professionals who will work together to determine the most appropriate treatment for your changing condition

Having the right partnership with your doctor can make a difference, not just in managing your Parkinson’s symptoms but also in how supported you feel overall. So it’s important for you to feel confident in that relationship and have access to a treatment team that meets your needs. Seeing a movement disorder specialist earlier in your treatment could help you with your future plan of care, by helping you prepare for changes in your Parkinson’s and adapt to them as they happen.

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