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Parkinson's Disease and Essential Tremor

Parkinson's Disease

Bill's Story: Living with Parkinson's 

Podcast: What is Parkinson's disease?

Many people experience tremors, rigid muscles, slowness of movement and balance problems. Management of Parkinson's symptoms can be complex, but medications and therapies can help improve the quality of life for persons with Parkinson's.

The Parkinson's Clinic of the Ozarks is here to serve the needs of people with Parkinson's disease through comprehensive clinical and social assessments. During the clinic appointment, Parkinson's patients are evaluated by:

  • board certified neurologist
  • physical therapist
  • occupational therapist
  • speech pathologist
  • registered nurse
  • social services worker.

The goal of the clinic is to improve care and symptom management for persons affected by Parkinson's disease. The clinic also provides education and outreach to the communities of southwest Missouri and northern Arkansas.

Our clinic staff is here to address your concerns, including:

  • diagnosis confirmation
  • medications & side effects
  • depression and cognitive changes
  • caregiver issues.

In addition, the clinic provides management for persons who have had deep-brain stimulation surgery.

For more information about the clinic, please call 417/875-3681 or 417/269-3616.

BIG Therapy and Exercise

CoxHealth Rehabilitation Services and Oxford HealthCare offer LSVT BIG therapy, an exercise routine for people with Parkinson’s disease. LSVT BIG therapy uses high intensity, focused exercises to improve movement, strength and flexibility. For more information, call 417/269-3616.

Parkinson’s exercise classes are offered at The Meyer Center. Call 417/269-3282 for more information.

You can also visit the National Parkinson Foundation or the Parkinson's Group of the Ozarks.


Essential Tremor
Steve Lehman crop.jpg Steve's Story: Deep brain stimulation treated my essential tremor
Video: See the before and after effects of Steve's treatment

Essential Tremor is a neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk.

Essential tremor is often confused with Parkinson’s disease, though it’s actually a separate condition and much more common. An estimated 10 million people in the U.S. have essential tremor. The trembling can make even the simplest tasks, such as writing or drinking from a glass, extremely difficult. While the condition is most common in people age 40 and older, it can occur at any age.

Essential tremor typically begins gradually, worsening over time. Tremors can also worsen with movement, caffeine, stress and fatigue. While about half of all essential tremor cases are believed to result from a genetic mutation, the cause of remaining cases in unclear.

There are a number of medical and surgical options, including deep brain stimulation, for treating essential tremor. Your physician can help you decide the course of treatment that is best for you.

To learn more about essential tremor, current research and treatment options, visit the International Essential Tremor Foundation website.

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