Parkinson's Disease Specialist

Raafat Iskander, MD -  - Board Certified Neurologist

St. Marys Neurology Clinic Beverly Hills

Raafat Iskander, MD

Board Certified Neurologist & Adult & Pediatric Neurologist located in Beverly Hills, CA

About one million people in the United States have Parkinson’s disease. The neurological condition is a movement disorder that affects muscle function and coordination. With advancements in treatment options, many people live a long, productive life with Parkinson’s disease. Raafat Iskander, MD, is an experienced board-certified neurologist at St. Marys Neurology Clinic Beverly Hills who specializes in diagnosing and treating neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease. For an appointment, call the office in  Beverly Hills, California, or book online today.

Parkinson’s Disease Q & A

What is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition that affects motor movement. It develops when brain cells in an area of the brain, called the substantia nigra, which produces a brain chemical known as dopamine. 

Dopamine helps carry messages to various areas of your brain and plays a central role in running the part of your brain that controls motor movement and coordination.

Researchers are still investigating what causes Parkinson’s disease. Though genetics may play a role, not everyone with this neurological condition has a family history of the disease. 

They theorize that Parkinson’s disease may also develop from an environmental trigger such as exposure to metals or chemicals. 

Parkinson’s disease most often develops in people after age 60, but it can occur at an earlier age.

What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease affects your body’s muscle control and causes a range of symptoms that affect movement. However, the severity of these symptoms varies widely. With Parkinson’s disease, you may experience:

  • Tremors
  • Slower movement
  • Difficulty relaxing your muscles
  • Problems with balance
  • Unsteady walking
  • Muscle spasms or cramps

Symptoms may worsen over time, affecting your ability to talk, walk, or care for yourself. 

How is Parkinson’s disease diagnosed?

The early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease may be similar to other neurological conditions, and getting the right diagnosis may take time. When you visit St. Marys Neurology Clinic Beverly Hills, Dr. Iskander conducts a thorough history and physical examination.

He may request CT scans or MRIs to rule out other conditions. Dr. Iskander diagnoses Parkinson’s disease after ruling out other causes to explain your tremors or other movement problems. 

Dr. Iskander also considers a Parkinson’s diagnosis based on your potential exposure to environmental agents thought to cause the neurological condition. 

How is Parkinson’s disease treated?

Dr. Iskander customizes your Parkinson’s disease treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms. Treatment may include:

  • Medication to increase dopamine production in the brain
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Regular exercise

In severe cases, Dr. Iskander may recommend deep brain stimulation (DBS), which involves placing electrodes deep in the brain to stimulate the areas of the brain that control movement.

To find out more about Parkinson’s disease, call St. Marys Neurology Clinic Beverly Hills or schedule an appointment online today.