Parkinson's disease (PD) belongs to a group of conditions called motor system disorders, which are the result of the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. The four primary symptoms of PD are tremor, or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; rigidity, or stiffness of the limbs and trunk; bradykinesia, or slowness of movement; and postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination. As these symptoms become more pronounced, patients may have difficulty walking, talking, or completing other simple tasks.

PD usually affects people over the age of 50. Early symptoms of PD are subtle and occur gradually. In some people the disease progresses more quickly than in others. As the disease progresses, the shaking, or tremor, which affects the majority of PD patients may begin to interfere with daily activities. Other symptoms may include depression and other emotional changes; difficulty in swallowing, chewing, and speaking; urinary problems or constipation; skin problems; and sleep disruptions. Read More

Additional Resources:

American Parkinson Disease Association - Utah Chapter
National Parkinson Foundation
Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
Parkinson’s Disease Support Groups
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

American Parkinson's Disease Information

D. James Ballard, B.S., P.T., DPT

Jim’s chief clinical interests are Parkinson's disease rehabilitation, balance training, vestibular rehabilitation and male and female pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation. He is a member of the Deep Brain Stimulation Team at the University Health Sciences Center. In this capacity, he assesses the motor effects ... Read More

Specialties:

Balance/Vestibular, Geriatrics, Movement Disorders, Parkinson's Disease, Pelvic Dysfunction/Incontinence, Physical Therapy

Locations:

University Rehabilitation and Wellness Clinic (801) 587-9161

Heather A. Hayes, P.T., Ph.D., DPT

Heather Hayes, DPT, NCS, PhD is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) with advanced certification as a neurologic clinic specialist (NCS). She specializes in the treatment and research of individuals with any neurological disorders, including but not limited to; Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsonsim, ALS, balanc... Read More

Specialties:

ALS, Balance/Vestibular, Geriatrics, Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurology, Physical Therapy, Stroke

Locations:

Health Profession Education Building (801) 587-9161

Paul A. House, M.D.

Paul A. House, MD surgically treats patients who suffer from epilepsy, movement disorders (including tremor, Parkinson’s disease, and dystonia), trigeminal neuralgia and brain tumors. His research interests include improving the “decoding” of movement information from the brain, understanding epileptic activity... Read More

Specialties:

Brain Tumors, Epilepsy Surgery, Functional Neurosurgery, Movement Disorders, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care, Trigeminal Neuralgia

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065

Stefan M. Pulst, M.D., Dr. med.

Stefan-M. Pulst, MD, Dr med is Professor and Chair of Neurology. His clinical and research interests focus on inherited diseases of the nervous system with an emphasis on spinocerebellar ataxias and Parkinson´s disease.
He received his medical school training at ... Read More

Specialties:

Ataxia, Movement Disorders, Neurogenetics, Neurology, Parkinson's Disease

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

David R. Renner, M.D.

In 2002, Dr. Renner joined the Department of Neurology faculty, where he currently holds a position as an Associate Professor of Neurology. Dr. Renner is the Director of the Adult Neurology Residency Program, the course director for medical school neurosciences (NEUROSCIENCE), and the course master for medical ... Read More

Specialties:

EMG, General Neurology, HIV/AIDS, Movement Disorders, Neurology, Neuromuscular Diseases, Stroke

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Rodolfo Savica, M.D.

Dr. Savica is a clinical faculty of Sleep and Movement Disorders Division within the Department of Neurology. He completed a movement disorders fellowship, a behavioral fellowship and a DBS fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester. His training and experience have been focused on evaluation and management of mo... Read More

Specialties:

Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry, Movement Disorders

Locations:

Imaging and Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Lauren E. Schrock, M.D.

Lauren E. Schrock, MD joined the Department of Neurology in July 2009. Her clinical interests include movement disorders, with particular focus on dystonia and the surgical management of movement disorders. Dr. Schrock has a special interest in the neurophysiology of basal ganglia-thalamocortical circuits and th... Read More

Specialties:

Botulinum Toxins, Deep Brain Stimulation, Dystonia, Intraoperative Monitoring, Movement Disorders, Neurology

Locations:

Imaging and Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

David R. Shprecher, D.O., M.S.C.I

David Shprecher, DO directs the Sleep and Movement Disorders Division within the Department of Neurology. Each of the movement disorders clinic faculty (Drs. Shprecher, Savica, Schrock and Thulin) completed two year movement disorders fellowships. Their training and experience have been focused on evaluation a... Read More

Specialties:

Faint and Fall, Movement Disorders, Neurology, Parkinson's Disease

Locations:

Imaging and Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Perla C. Thulin, M.D.

Perla C. Thulin, MD, has special expertise and training in the evaluation and treatment of movement disorders, including Parkinson´s disease, essential tremor, chorea, hemifacial spasm, tics, and dystonia, including torticolllis and blepharospasm, and is an expert in the use of Botox and Myobloc.... Read More

Specialties:

Movement Disorders, Neurology

Locations:

Imaging and Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Meghan S. Zorn, PA-C

Meghan Zorn, PA-C is involved in all aspects of the Deep Brain Stimulation Program, including pre-operative patient selection, medication management, intraoperative care, and post-operative programming. Meghan also educates patients, families, students, and clinicians about Deep Brain Stimulation and sees patien... Read More

Specialties:

Movement Disorders, Neurology, Parkinson's Disease, Physician Assistant

Locations:

Imaging & Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

University Campus/Research Park

Clinical Neurosciences Center 175 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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(801) 585-7575
Imaging & Neurosciences Center 729 Arapeen Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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