Thinking of Parkinson’s Disease as a Brain Injury

Thinking of Parkinson’s Disease as a Brain Injury

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Thinking of Parkinson’s Disease as a Brain Injury

My clinical training is in helping people recover from brain injury. After receiving my Parkinson’s disease (PD) diagnosis and reading that scientists believe the disease is linked to the destruction of dopamine-producing neurons, I began thinking of Parkinson’s as a brain injury. While working with brain injury patients, I’d identify which damaged brain parts were amenable to recovery and how we could work around more damaged brain areas. It was always a team effort involving…

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