Living well with Parkinson’s means living well in all aspects of your life—physical, mental, social, spiritual. One provider can’t possibly treat every part of your life, so, ideally, over time, you will build a holistic, integrated care team and plan that is personalized to YOUR symptoms, needs, and goals. In the beginning, your primary care physician and neurologist or movement disorder specialist may be the only two people you need on your care team. However, your team may grow to include anywhere from three to ten or more providers over the years. Everyone is different, and not everyone will need the same types and number of providers. To give you an idea of the many professionals who can help you live well with Parkinson’s every day, here are some to consider.
primary care doctors
While telemedicine isn’t intended for emergency care (like a broken bone, heart attack, or mental health crisis) or certain procedures (like immunizations or providing samples), it is appropriate and has been found to be quite effective for long-term care, follow-up appointments, issuing prescriptions, and answering simple questions. This makes it a great choice for people with Parkinson’s. Telemedicine eliminates the potential challenges of traveling to an appointment and gives you ready access to your providers when necessary. It also helps you conveniently build and maintain long-term relationships with your care team.