Patient Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Parkinson’s Disease?

A: Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative neurological disorder. It occurs when certain nerve cells (neurons) in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra, die or become impaired. Normally, these cells produce a vital chemical known as dopamine. Dopamine allows smooth, coordinated function of the body’s muscles and movement. When approximately 80% of the dopamine-producing cells are damaged, the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease appear.

Q: What is Dr. Rho’s unique approach to Parkinson’s Disease treatment?

A: Dr. Rho’s individual, custom patient treatment plans focus on reducing and mitigating stressors on your brain. He examines and addresses life stressors that possibly exacerbate the disease. This approach includes a combination of exercise, brain healthy foods, vitamins, and appropriate prescription medication.

Q: Who gets Parkinson’s Disease?

A: Parkinson’s Disease affects both men and women in almost equal numbers. It shows no social, ethnic, economic or geographic boundaries. In the United States, it is estimated that 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, joining the 1.5 million Americans who currently have Parkinson’s Disease. While the condition usually develops after the age of 65, 15% of those diagnosed are under 50.

Q: What are the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?

A: The loss of dopamine production in the brain causes the primary symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. The key signs of Parkinson’s Disease are:

Tremor (shaking) and/or 
Slowness of movement and/or
Rigidity (stiffness); Difficulty with balance; Small, cramped handwriting; Stiff facial expression; Shuffling walk; Muffled speech; Depression.

Q: How is Parkinson’s Disease diagnosed?

A: The process of making a Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis can be difficult. There is no X-ray or blood test that can confirm Parkinson’s Disease. A physician arrives at the diagnosis after a thorough examination. Blood tests and brain scans known as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be performed to rule out other conditions that have similar symptoms. People suspected of having Parkinson Disease should consider seeking the care of a neurologist who specializes in movement disorders.

Q: What is the treatment for Parkinson’s Disease?

A: There are a number of effective medicines that help to ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Most symptoms are caused by lack of dopamine. The medicines most commonly used will attempt to either replace or mimic dopamine, which improves the tremor, rigidity and slowness associated with Parkinson Disease. Several new medicines are being studied that may slow the progression. Many promise to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Q: Do you accept my Insurance?

A: We are a concierge medical practice and therefore we do not accept medical insurance. This allows us the freedom to provide a much more personalized medical care, which is not practical in today’s typically busy neurological clinic. Typically doctors must see many patients in a day, and therefore is unable to spend enough time to fully understand your neurological situation. Instead, Dr. Rho will spend as much time as you need to fully understand why you are suffering and what can be done to remedy your situation. You will have unparalleled access to Dr. Rho’s expertise and he will guide you throughout the treatment process.

Q: When can I schedule an appointment?

A: Our flexible hours usually allow us to accommodate most patients into our schedule. Please call our office to make an appointment.

Q: How do I prepare for my appointment with Dr. Rho?

A: Please download, fill out and bring the following patient medical and insurance forms to your first visit. You can complete online, save and print the Medical History Questionnaire.

New Patient Information Forms

  • Medical History Questionnaire
  • Consent for Treatment
  • Medical Privacy Acknowledgement (HIPAA)
  • Financial Responsibility
  • Insurance Information
  • Consent for Medical Files
  • Progress Note Copies
  • Arbitration Agreement

If you have previous neurological medical treatment, please bring, or request copies of your medical records forwarded to our office. Contact us to make an appointment.