Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder in which the brain slowly stops producing a chemical called dopamine. The loss of dopamine results in the person having less and less ability to regulate their movement, body and emotions.
Parkinson's disease itself is not fatal. However, complications from the disease are serious and can lead to death. No cure exists for Parkinson's. The goal of the care team is keep the patient’s quality of life as high as possible.
Excellence in Parkinson’s care
Legacy offers a team of experts, the Portland Parkinson's Program in collaboration with the Oregon Clinic, to provide care that is personalized to help you achieve and maintain an active, high quality life with Parkinson's disease. The team is led by neurologists, with specially trained rehabilitation therapists and a social worker.
This program is uniquely tailored to each patient and may include:
- Physical, mental and speech therapy
- Balance training
- Education and information on research studies
- Referral to community programs for additional support and resources for self and family
Deep brain stimulation
One of the treatment options is deep brain stimulation (DBS), in which a surgeon places an electrode inside the brain to block signals that cause tremors and other movement problems. Learn about DBS here.
Legacy Parkinson's Program
Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
Good Samaritan Building 2
1040 N.W. 22nd Ave., Suite 420
Portland, OR 97210
Legacy Rehabilitation Services
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Medical Office Building 3
300 N. Graham St., Suite 430
Portland, OR 97227