Whilst treatment is constantly improving, researchers have as yet been unable to find a way to prevent or cure Parkinson’s. But the symptoms can be effectively controlled, often using a combination of medication, conventional therapies (such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy), complementary therapies (including amongst others aromatherapy, reflexology, yoga and Tai Chi) and surgical treatments such as deep brain stimulation (DBS).
There are several types of Parkinson’s medication but availability can vary from country to country. The most common medications are: levodopa, dopamine agonists, catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT) inhibitors and monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) inhibitors. As Parkinson’s affects each individual differently, there is no single, optimal treatment and regular reviews will be required and adjustments made, as symptoms alter.