Neurologists May Reduce Chance of Parkinson’s Complications
A recent study indicates that people with Parkinson’s disease are more likely to live longer and avoid hip fractures and moving in to a nursing home if they see a neurologist compared with those who did not, report media outlets.
The findings, published online in Nature, are based on a study that examined the Medicare records of 138,000 patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2002. Sixty-eight percent of the people in the sample group saw a neurologist between 2002 and 2005. Researchers found that the individuals who consulted with neurologists were 20 percent less likely to die within six years, 14 percent less likely to suffer a hip fracture, and 20 percent less likely to be moved to a nursing home than those do did not see a neurologist.
After adjusting for age, socioeconomic status and health, researchers found that men and Caucasians were more likely to see a neurologist than women and minorities. The study did not take into account disease severity, which may have impacted the results.
Parkinson’s disease is one of many conditions that neurologists treat including migraine headaches, and chronic back, neck and shoulder pain. As Los Angeles neurologists, we encourage anyone with concerns or questions about Parkinson’s or other neurological disorders to consult with a qualified specialist.