You’ve heard about it in the news, perhaps in conjunction with Michael J. Fox, but what’s Parkinson’s disease? Parkinson’s is a brain disorder, and its symptoms include:
- Slower and more difficult movements, such as walking or buttoning a shirt
- Poor balance
- Tremors (trembling) when you’re not moving
Parkinson’s falls under the umbrella of movement disorders, which all include involuntary, abnormal movements. It can be complex to treat. UVA neurosurgeons use a technique called deep brain stimulation (DBS), which doesn’t cure the disorder but can reduce symptoms.
Watch the video to learn more about movement disorders and DBS from two UVA neurosurgeons.