A movement disorder results from the alteration of communication between the brain, muscles and nerves.
Parkinson’s disease affects more than one million Americans and is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease.
Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year. Toby Yaltho, M.D., fellowship-trained movement disorders neurologist at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Neuroscience & Spine Center, can help patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
“Although Parkinson’s disease produces typical symptoms, its diagnosis may be delayed because symptoms often develop slowly over many years,” said Yaltho. “The risk of Parkinson’s disease increases with age and is more common in people older than 65 years of age.”
Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease vary from person to person and can include tremor, or shaking, often in a hand, arm or leg; stiff muscles; slow movement; and difficulty with walking and balance.
“The challenge for physicians is differentiating parkinsonian symptoms from other conditions, such as essential tremor, that can be similar,” said Yaltho.
In addition to Parkinson’s disease, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Neuroscience & Spine Center provides diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of neurological issues, including Alzheimer’s and memory disorders, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), back and neck pain, brain and spinal tumors, epilepsy, migraines, headaches, multiple sclerosis (MS), peripheral neuropathy, muscle and nerve injuries, and stroke.
“Disorders and diseases of the brain and spine require a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and an individual treatment plan for every patient,” said Yaltho.
For more information about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Neuroscience & Spine Center, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yaltho, call 281-274-7979.
Free Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor seminar
Join Dr. Toby Yaltho, fellowship-trained movement disorder neurologist, and Dr. Richard Simpson, neurosurgeon at Houston Methodist Neurological Institute, on Thursday, July 28, at 6 p.m. for a free patient education seminar at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Brazos Pavilion Conference Center. They will discuss Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) therapy for Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor including the benefits and risks of surgery and appropriate patient selection.
Registration required. Register online at events.houstonmethodist.org/sl-parkinsons or call 281-274-7500.