Parkinson’s disease can be complicated, so consider a team approach

A range of specialists may be included in the treatment team, including:

Movement disorder specialists Unlike a general neurologist, these specialists focus specifically on conditions, like PD, that affect movement

Parkinson’s disease nurse specialists or physician’s assistants These specialists provide expert care because they only work with people who have Parkinson’s disease, usually helping people manage their medicines and making referrals to other specialists as their needs change

Social workers Social workers coordinate with the rest of the care team to support people living with Parkinson's disease. This includes helping people with PD and their loved ones deal with the psychological, emotional, and logistical challenges of the disease

Physiotherapists/physical therapists As part of the care team, physiotherapists help people with Parkinson’s disease maintain their maximum level of mobility, activity, and independence

Occupational therapists These therapists use activities of daily living to rehabilitate and create independence for patients with Parkinson’s disease so they can participate in meaningful work, leisure, and self-care

Speech-language therapists Speech-language therapists specialize in evaluating function and providing treatment in the areas of communication and swallowing

Sleep specialists These specialists work to treat sleep disruptions in Parkinson’s disease that can affect health, mood and overall quality of life

Dietitians These food and nutrition experts can provide advice to help with some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease like difficulty swallowing, constipation, or changes in weight

Sexologists Sexologists can help with sexual dysfunction that can be one of the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Neuropsychologists These psychologists help to treat abnormal functioning of the central nervous system, including the brain

Neuropsychiatrists These psychiatrists can help to address some of the common neuropsychiatric symptoms of Parkinson’s disease like depression, anxiety, apathy, and psychosis

Rehabilitation specialists These specialists can help to manage problems like walking, speaking, and swallowing in people with Parkinson’s disease

Geriatricians Geriatricians can help to address the unique needs of older patients with Parkinson’s disease

Ask a healthcare provider if a team approach is right for you or a loved one with Parkinson’s disease.


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