Two women at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital Parkinson Support Group

Parkinson’s disease is caused by the progressive break-down of the nerve cells in the brain that control muscle movement. In addition to losing muscle control, some people with Parkinson's disease become severely depressed or find they are less able to initiate voluntary movements. Learn more below about the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and our support group at MedStar St. Mary's.

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MedStar St. Mary's Hospital
Outpatient Pavilion, Second Floor
2550 Point Lookout Road
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650

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Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Signs and symptoms can be different for one person and can be subtle. Some symptoms may include:

  • A slowness in voluntary movement that causes difficulty initiating and completing movement
  • Tremors in the hands, fingers, forearms, feet, mouth, and chin
  • Rigidity and muscle pain
  • Poor balance, an unsteady walk, and frequent falls
  • Changes in facial expression and voice and speech
  • Loss of fine motor skills, such as writing or eating

Parkinson's Disease Diagnosis

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is proud to offer LSVT LOUD® and LSVT BIG® for those with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Our certified therapists will work with you to discuss your goals and the plan of care that works best for you. We offer individualized services designed to maximize the function and independence of persons with Parkinson's disease, which can include:

  • Medical evaluation and care, including medication prescriptions
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Recommendations for home modifications and assistive devices
  • Nutrition and exercise recommendations
  • Social work or other counseling services


Parkinson's Support Group

MedStar St. Mary’s offer’s a Parkinson’s Disease Support group for those living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. The support group meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. on the second floor of MedStar St. Mary's Outpatient Pavilion. Connect with other caregivers and individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and share ideas and experiences to help foster a better quality of life. Guest speakers will discuss topics relevant to those impacted by Parkinson’s. There is no cost to attend. Click here for dates for the Parkinson's Support Group.