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Exceptional Parkinson’s treatment in the Twin Cities

At HealthPartners and Park Nicollet, we’re committed to advancing the understanding and treatment of Parkinson’s disease to improve the daily lives of our patients. Our coordinated team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists and rehabilitation therapists works closely together to provide seamless care and support for you and your family.

At our nationally recognized Struthers Parkinson’s Center in Golden Valley and St. Paul, we provide dedicated treatment and support to Parkinson’s patients and their families.

If you or someone you love has Parkinson’s disease, we can help.

What is Parkinson’s?

Parkinson's disease is a progressive brain illness that affects the way you move. There are cells in the brain that produce a chemical called dopamine, which sends signals to the parts of your brain that control movement. Doctors aren’t sure why, but sometimes those dopamine-producing neurons become damaged, causing motor and non-motor symptoms.

The cause of Parkinson’s is unknown, but research shows that genetics and environmental triggers may be factors. Parkinson’s tends to affect more men than women, and the disease generally appears in middle or later life.

Promising research and treatment advancements are happening all the time, and many of the current treatment options can help you continue to live your best life.

Symptoms

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease usually develop slowly over time and vary from person to person.

Motor symptoms may include:

  • Tremor, at rest
  • Balance and gait problems
  • Muscle stiffness or rigidity
  • Slow movement (Bradykinesia)
  • Speech changes
  • Difficulty writing

Non-motor symptoms may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Bladder problems
  • Drooling
  • Cognitive concerns

Because the range of symptoms can be diverse, if you have concerns, we recommend starting with a visit to one of our primary care doctors. Our primary care doctors are experienced in diagnosing and treating hundreds of health conditions and can help you get the answers you need. If your care requires additional expertise, your primary care doctor will connect you directly to one of our neurologists.

Diagnosis

Many different health conditions can cause symptoms related to your movement, balance and speech, so our doctors may use a range of tests to find timely answers and begin developing your personalized treatment plan, including:

  • Blood test
  • MRI or CT or brain
  • DaTscan
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Other tests recommended by your doctor
Treatment for Parkinson’s

Our team of experienced neurologists, neurosurgeons and other specialists are experts in treating Parkinson’s through the latest science-backed techniques. We’ll work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to manage and improve your symptoms. Treatment plans may include one or more of the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Referral to psychiatry and psychology
  • A social worker
  • Support groups and resources
  • Medication
  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS) – DBS has proven to be an effective treatment method for Parkinson’s. If you’re interested in learning more about DBS, ask your doctor about the classes we offer at no cost where patients can hear from doctors and nurses about the procedure, as well as other patients who have experienced it.

Rehabilitation

We offer comprehensive rehabilitation services, including exercise classes and physical, occupational, speech and music therapy to help you manage your symptoms, prevent falls and improve your independence. We also offer resources and skill classes to help families and caregivers with continued support and education.

Education and support classes

We also offer resources and skill classes to help families and caregivers with continued support and education. Classes are available at our Golden Valley and St. Paul locations.

Day program with Club Create

We offer our licensed adult day program, Club Create, twice per week at our Golden Valley location. At Club Create, patients can enjoy a variety of services to promote creativity and improve movement. Here, patients have a place to make new friends, participate in discussions and improve their socialization skills. We also work with community artists to provide dance, horticulture and other art programs.

Getting started Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
The Parkinson’s Foundation is an excellent resource for learning more about Parkinson’s and living with the disease.

We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, PreferredOne and many others.

Not sure what your insurance covers? Call the number on the back of your card for help looking at your options.

Don’t have your card in front of you? Here are member services numbers to help you get started: