Frequently Asked Questions

The cause of Parkinson's disease is generally unknown, so there is very little a person can do to predict or prevent the condition. Recent research has suggested certain inherited genes may be linked to the condition. Other studies have suggested that certain environmental toxins may be linked to development of the disease. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding unhealthy environmental factors will help you maintain the best health possible.

Year after year, the Cedars-Sinai Movement Disorders Program has been ranked among the top facilities in the United States for neurological and neurosurgical care and treatment by U.S. News & World Report. Supported by the American Parkinson Disease Association, the program has three linked components: patient care, research and community education.

Patients may need a referral from their primary care physician before seeing one of Cedars-Sinai's neurological experts, depending on their health insurance.

For more information:
Phone: 1-800-CEDARS-1 (1-800-233-2771)

Outside the United States, please contact our International Health Services team.

Information on billing, insurance and medical records is available in the Cedars-Sinai Patient and Visitors Guide.

To get the most out of your appointment:

  • Bring any questions you have about your condition or treatment.
  • Obtain a digital copy of previous brain or artery scans, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and ultrasounds. These digital copies should be easily obtainable from the medical centers where they were performed.
  • Keep a record of symptoms, including any changes between appointments, and if the symptoms are affecting work or personal life.
  • Bring all current medications, vitamins and supplements. It is important to bring the bottles to the appointment so physicians may do a complete review.
  • Bring prior medical records if transferring from a medical provider outside the Cedars-Sinai network.

Yes, we always encourage patients to bring a spouse, family member or close friend with them to their appointments.

Neuroscience experts at Cedars-Sinai are working to use their clinical experience and research knowledge to lead the way in finding new treatments, techniques and diagnostic procedures. Our ongoing clinical trials are open to all eligible participants, and patients are encouraged to pursue involvement.