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When you or a loved one is living with Parkinson’s disease or a related movement disorder, everyday activities can be challenging – but specialized treatment can make all the difference. At Atrium Health Neurosciences Institute, that’s exactly what you get.

Our nationally recognized Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder program offers comprehensive, expert care at every step of your journey. Using the latest therapies and technologies, our leading movement disorder specialists deliver advanced treatment to help you enjoy a fuller, more independent life.

New patient appointments are by referral only. Ask your doctor if our program is right for you.

Why choose Atrium Health Neurosciences Institute?

  1. Personalized care plans: From early diagnosis to ongoing symptom management, we tailor care to your individual needs and goals. And we’re here to guide you as your condition changes, delivering the right care at the right time, long-term.
  2. Leading specialists: Our fellowship-trained neurologists have extensive experience and subspecialty expertise in Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders. They work together with neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, nurses, dietitians, social workers and physical, occupational and speech therapists to care for every aspect of your well-being.
  3. Advanced treatment: We offer the latest medical and surgical treatments, including deep brain stimulation, and a range of complementary and supportive therapies for Parkinson’s disease. Plus, we provide access to groundbreaking clinical trials that are shaping the future of care.
  4. Recognized expertise: In addition to earning the Ray of Hope Award from the Parkinson’s Association of the Carolinas, our center was the first in the nation to earn The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification for Parkinson’s disease.

Patient care – what we treat

Our specialists have expert experience treating Parkinson’s disease, which is one of the most common movement disorders.

We also provide care for related conditions known as atypical parkinsonism, including:

  • Corticobasal degeneration (CBD)
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)
  • Multiple system atrophy (MSA)
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP)

Explore other movement disorders we treat.

Parkinson’s disease diagnosis and testing

For an accurate diagnosis, it’s essential to see an experienced specialist. Our board-certified neurologists are trained to identify and diagnose all kinds of movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and atypical parkinsonism.

We start by completing a comprehensive neurological exam and listening carefully as you describe your symptoms and medical history. To confirm your diagnosis or rule out other conditions, your doctor may also recommend:

  • Dopamine transporter scan (DaTscan)
  • Blood tests
  • Genetic tests
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Parkinson’s disease treatments

While there isn’t a cure for Parkinson’s disease yet, therapies offered at Atrium Health Neurosciences Institute can help ease your symptoms and enhance your quality of life. Our experts create a customized care plan just for you, providing long-term follow-up to make sure your treatment stays on track.

Our comprehensive treatment options include:

  1. Medications: Medications are frequently used to help control Parkinson’s symptoms. Our physicians work with you to find the medications and dosage that benefit you most, with the best symptom management and fewest side effects.
  2. Deep brain stimulation (DBS): For those who don’t respond well to medication alone, this surgical therapy can provide significant relief from Parkinson’s symptoms. We have more experience with DBS procedures than any other treatment program in the area. Meet our partner DBS surgeon.
  3. Focused ultrasound: As nationally recognized neurology and neurosurgery programs, we offer focused ultrasound for essential tremor and tremor-dominant Parkinson’s disease in collaboration with our team at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. Using focused ultrasound waves, this incision-free brain surgery can provide same-day hand tremor relief. Learn more about focused ultrasound.
  4. Therapy and rehabilitation: In partnership with Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation, we offer comprehensive physical, occupational and speech therapy services that are highly specialized for Parkinson’s disease. Your care is tailored to ease your symptoms and improve function.
  5. Botulinum toxin injections: Our neurologists can give injections directly to overactive muscles to reduce involuntary movements.
  6. Dietary support: Your care team includes a dietitian who will guide you in following a healthy, balanced diet that supports your overall well-being.
  7. Social work and support services: We have a dedicated social worker who can connect you with a wide range of resources, including support for caregivers and counseling for mental health issues like anxiety and depression.

Patient resources


Our neurological expertise is powered by leading-edge research. We participate in innovative studies to better understand what causes Parkinson’s disease and look for potential cures. And we apply the latest findings in real time to provide the best possible care.


Find a clinical trial

Through our in-house neurosciences research, we give patients access to potentially breakthrough therapies.

Use our search tool to find current clinical trials. To learn more about our available studies, talk to your doctor.

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For referring providers

When you refer a patient to us, we keep you involved and up to date throughout their care. To make a referral, call our dedicated physician referral line at 704-468-0101 or send a fax to 704-468-0022.

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