The movement disorders team actively advances Parkinson’s disease treatment through leading-edge clinical research, outreach and exceptional patient care.
Diagnosis can be difficult for specialists who are not experts in movement disorders. Our
highly trained team has the combination of experience and research needed to distinguish between these diseases, which include:
Diagnostic evaluation and testing, including neurological exams, MRI and lab testing
Rehabilitative assessments and services, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and swallowing evaluations and therapy
Evaluation and treatment of cognitive (thinking) and emotional problems and assessments of mental health
Medication to improve symptoms and, when possible, slow progression of the disorder
Surgical evaluation and treatments, when appropriate, including programming and reprogramming of
deep brain stimulators
- Opportunities to participate in
clinical studies examining new treatments for movement disorders
Educational programs for patients, caregivers and healthcare providers
Information on what to expect from a disease and its progression
Local resources and support groups to help manage stress
Researchers at UC San Diego are currently looking at Parkinson's disease and related disorders from multiple angles, from handwriting movements to cognition, to clinical trials that test FDA approved drugs.
Learn more details on current Parkinson's disease research at UC San Diego and how you can get involved.
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If you've received a diagnosis that requires neurosurgery and would like one of our neurosurgeons to review your X-rays and other imaging studies, UC San Diego Health offers online imaging reviews. It's an easy and affordable way to help you make an informed decision before neurosurgery. For more information, see
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