Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder, which affects millions of people around the world. It is caused by the death of dopamine-producing brain cells, leading to tremors, slow movement and stiffness of the muscles.
Although there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s, medical researchers have made incredible progress in recent years, discovering new treatments and therapies that can help those with the condition lead a better quality of life. Here, we look at some of the latest breakthroughs in Parkinson’s disease treatment.
Deep Brain Stimulation
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure that involves implanting electrodes into the brain, which then send electrical signals to specific areas in order to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s. The electrodes are connected to a device that is implanted under the skin on the chest and is programmed to stimulate the brain in a way that reduces the symptoms.
Recent studies have shown that DBS is more effective than medication in reducing Parkinson’s symptoms, including tremors, stiffness and slow movement. It can also improve quality of life by reducing fatigue, depression and anxiety.
Gene therapy is a relatively new type of treatment that uses a virus to deliver healthy genes to cells in the brain that are affected by Parkinson’s. The virus is injected into the brain, where it delivers the healthy genes to the cells, which then begin to produce dopamine.
Recent studies have shown that gene therapy is effective in reducing symptoms of Parkinson’s, including tremors, rigidity and slow movement. It is also capable of restoring normal movement and improving quality of life.
Exercise has long been known to be beneficial for those with Parkinson’s disease, but recent studies have shown that regular exercise can be even more effective in managing the symptoms of the condition. Exercise has been found to improve cognition, balance and gait, as well as reduce the risk of falls and improve quality of life.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is a promising new treatment for Parkinson’s that involves using stem cells to replace dead or damaged dopamine-producing brain cells. Recent studies have shown that stem cell therapy is effective in reducing symptoms, improving movement and restoring quality of life.
These are just some of the latest breakthroughs in Parkinson’s disease treatment. While there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s, these treatments and therapies can help those with the condition lead a better quality of life.