Treatment for Parkinson’s Patients Near Greensboro
Whether you or a loved one has been living with a Parkinson’s diagnosis for years or you are just exploring treatment for Parkinson’s in the Triad region, it can be difficult to find the best combination of care options. The good news is that patients and families living with Parkinson’s disease in the Greensboro area have a wide range of support services through the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program organized by Cone Health and LeBauer HealthCare.
You are not alone and we can help you find the care you or a family member needs today! Read about classes for exercise or art, support groups, and more that are available through The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program and then get in touch with our Neurology team. We would like to connect you with more resources and support, schedule a consultation, or discuss ways you can cope with a movement disorder diagnosis.
“Parkinson’s Disease involves more than the movement symptoms of tremor or slowed gait, it also includes nonmotor symptoms such as sleep, communication, cognition, and mood. We are proud to offer a collaborative care approach to treating Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders that is unique to each patient’s individual care needs”– Sarah Chambers, LCSW
Resources Through the Cone Health Movement Disorders Program
These resources are open to all persons living with Parkinson’s Disease and their care partners, not just patients of LeBauer HealthCare. Many of them are free to patients and families. Some of the exercise classes have a fee associated with the class.
- PWR! Moves Parkinson’s Disease Exercise Class – This 8-week, therapist-led exercise program promotes healthy exercise habits in order to slow the effects of Parkinson’s disease.
- Rock Steady Boxing – Rock Steady Boxing enables people with Parkinson’s disease to fight their disease by providing non-contact, boxing-style fitness programs that improve their quality of life and sense of efficacy and self-worth. Programs are offered in Greensboro, Archdale, Burlington and online via Zoom.
- Pedal for Parkinson’s – A cycling class for those with Parkinson’s offered at local YMCAs, membership not required. Also available online via Zoom.
- Parkinson’s Personal training-offered both in-person and online, request a referral today.
- Power of Parkinson’s Community Group – This monthly support group is designed to help patients learn how to proactively take control of managing Parkinson’s disease.
- Parkinson’s Care Partners Group – This group provides a safe place for caregivers to share challenges and learn about resources and coping skills.
- Atypical Parkinsonian Group – This is one of two support groups in the state of North Carolina for those with terminal neurodegenerative disorders such as progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, and multiple system atrophy.
Collaborative Care and Clinical Social Work
Parkinson’s disease is more than movement symptoms and can affect all aspects of life. For this reason, Cone Health LeBaurer Neurology provides collaborative care to patients. The collaborative care team is comprised of a Movement Disorder Specialist, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Exercise Specialists, and Clinical Social Work.
The clinical social worker facilitates educational support groups, coordinates community partnerships and events, and is able to offer individual counseling to assist patients in living well with Parkinson’s. The clinical social worker also serves as the patient’s point of contact to provides resources and coordinate collaborative care needs.
Classes in the Arts
Classes in music, dance, drama, and improv classes are being offered to patients as a way to improve symptoms and help patients engage socially, cognitively, and creatively. The classes have proved so popular that they are already full for the year, but the program plans to offer new arts classes later in 2021.
Other Treatments for Parkinson’s
While there is not a cure for Parkinson’s Disease, there are four areas patients can take control in order to better manage symptoms and build social-emotional resilience.
With Parkinson’s Disease, the brain cells that make dopamine, a chemical that helps control movement, stop working. Parkinson’s medications can provide more dopamine or substances that mimic dopamine.
For the best control of movement, patients need to take medications every day on a regular schedule. Neurologists understand how these medications work and which medication combinations and dosages can be the most effective for individual patient symptoms. Following your doctor’s exact medication instructions can help you move better and feel better.
Exercising helps produce dopamine. That’s one reason regular exercise is so beneficial to Parkinson’s patients. Exercise also improves strength and balance, and some studies have linked exercise to possibly preventing or slowing the progression of Parkinson’s. There have also been studies showing that exercise can improve cognition in patients with Parkinson’s, according to an article published by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Connecting with others who can understand your day-to-day frustrations can be therapeutic for patients and caregivers. Joining a support group or even an exercise class designed for Parkinson’s patients is a great way to make those connections.
With movement disorder symptoms sometimes making it difficult or awkward to interact in public spaces, patients may be tempted to isolate themselves. However, becoming engaged with activities and other people is one way to fight off the depression and stress that can come with the disease.
Connect with Support and Resources
If you would like more information about how to connect with resources and support for patients and families, call (336) 832-3060.
You can also get the expertise of a board-certified neurologist through LeBauer Neurology. To request a neurology appointment, talk to your primary care physician, call us at (336) 832-3070, or complete our online request form.
Download our Movement Disorders Information Sheet
If you would like to learn more about movement disorders, including symptoms and an overview of treatment options, download our Movement Disorders Information Sheet.