What Type of Doctor Treats Parkinson's Disease?


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Neurologists treat Parkinson’s disease, according to WebMD. Other members of the patient’s health care team can include social workers, counselors and therapists (occupational, physical and speech).

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Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disease that affects movement, notes WebMD. Neurologists use the medical history of the patient along with a neurological and physical examination to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. A definitive diagnosis may not be made on the initial visit because the symptoms need to be evaluated over time. Other tests may be performed to exclude other possible illnesses. Doctors may also prescribe the Parkinson’s disease medication, carbidopa-levodopa. If the patient experiences noticeable improvement on this medication, it is usually a confirmation of a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

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