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 Parkinson's Disease

What is Parkinson’s Disease (PD)?

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition. The most prominent neurological symptoms include loss of coordination due to slowness and smallness of movements, tremor that typically occurs at rest (when the body part is not engaged in activity), muscle stiffness, and loss of balance. These main neurological symptoms of the disease are found linked to loss of dopamine producing brain cells. The typical age when symptoms first appear is around 60 years old. The majority of people with this disease have no one in the family with Parkinson’s disease. While there currently is no cure, there are several medications and other treatments available that can significantly improve quality of life by reducing the disabling traits of the disease.

Treatment for Parkinson's Disease

There are several treatment options that can decrease the symptoms of PD. Your physician may recommend a combination of treatments.

The Ohio State University Medical Center is a leading center for performing deep brain stimulation (DBS) for treatment of Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions. DBS is considered a treatment when Parkinson’s patients have limited or no significant benefit from medications and/or experience severe side effects from medications. DBS is also known as a brain pacemaker. The implanted device delivers tiny electrical signals that calm abnormal brain signals to alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s and improve quality of life.

Why Choose the Center for Neuromodulation at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

  • Ohio State provides a leading-edge surgical procedure for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an implanted device that helps to alleviate symptoms and restore function to patients with PD.
  • Our DBS team includes physicians from our nationally ranked Neurology and Neurosurgery programs. U.S.News & World Report ranks these programs among the best in the nation. Our team of specialists including neurosurgeons, psychiatrists and psychologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, as well as our nurses, physician assistants and patient coordinators, work together to ensure best possible patient outcomes.
  • Ohio State is conducting advanced research that will further improve treatment of movement disorders such as PD.
  • Ali Rezai, MD, a world-renowned neurosurgeon and neuromodulation specialist, is the director of the Center for Neuromodulation. Dr. Rezai is an internationally recognized DBS surgeon who has performed more than 1,600 DBS surgeries and thousands more neuromodulation procedures. Dr. Rezai and his work have been highlighted on the popular CBS news program "60 Minutes" and the PBS series "Wired Science."

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