Medications provide some symptom relief for Parkinson's Disease patients. A new study, however, is creating a buzz in the neurology community for its unique, non-drug approach.
The non-stop tremor in Dale Voelker's arm is a constant reminder of his Parkinson's Disease.
"It's aggravating more than anything. And you have a hard time writing, eating. Like ,if I was to try to eat a bowl of soup right now, I don't think I'd hit my mouth," said Voelker.
Though medications help ease the symptoms, doctors would prefer other options.
"We have plenty of medication available, but many of our medications have some sort of side effect or another," said neurologist Dr. Sachin Kapur.
So Rush University neurologists looked to the past for inspiration. Back in the 1800s, a French physician named Jean-Martin Charcot noticed patient symptoms seemed better after train or carriage rides.