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

D. James Ballard, PT, 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 of levodopa in individuals with Parki... Read More

Specialties:

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

Locations:

Health Profession Education Building
University of Utah Balance and Mobility Clinic
801-587-9161

Heather A. Hayes, PT, PhD, 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, balance and vestibular disorders.... Read More

Specialties:

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

Locations:

Health Profession Education Building 801-587-9161

Stefan M. Pulst, MD, 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 Medizinische Hochschule, Hannover (Germany) and at Harvard Medical School, Boston. Aft... Read More

John D. Rolston, MD, PhD

Dr. John Rolston is a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist at the University of Utah, where he is the Director of Epilepsy Surgery and Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. Clinically, he specializes in epilepsy surgery, deep brain stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders (Parkinson’s, dystonia, tremor), trigeminal neuralgia, and neuromo... Read More

Perla C. Thulin, MD

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

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

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Meghan Zorn, PA-C, is a Physician Assistant, seeing patients with movement disorders. She has expertise in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, Multiple System Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Essential Tremor and Huntington’s disease. She has extensive experience with Deep Brain Stimulation for the treatment of ... 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
Map
(801) 585-7575
Imaging & Neurosciences Center 729 Arapeen Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Map
(801) 585-7575
  • Biomarker Study of REM sleep Behavior Disorder
    Keywords: Parkinson's Disease, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, Dream enactment, Neurodegenerative Disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies, RBD
    Status: Enrolling by invitation
  • STEADY-PD III
    Keywords: Parkinson's Disease, Isradipine, early idiopathic PD, motor disability, cognitive disability, global disability
    Status: Not yet recruiting
  • Enteric path study
    Keywords: parkinson's disease
    Status: Recruiting
  • PaGeR
    Keywords: Parkinson's Disease, Movement Disorder, Family genetic
    Status: Enrolling by invitation