One of the most devastating diseases a welder can develop from exposure to toxic manganese fumes is Parkinson’s disease. This condition could cause him to experience tremors in his arms, hands, legs, and face, difficulty speaking, walking, and sleeping, dementia, and depression. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but treatments can help a welder manage this disorder.
Four Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease
The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease usually get progressively worse over time. Treatments that could help manage them include:
- Physical therapy. Physical therapy focusing on balance and stretching can help a patient improve his muscle strength, walking, and balance.
- Speech therapy. A person experiencing problems talking could need assistance from a speech therapist to help him communicate more effectively.
- Medications. A doctor may prescribe medications that can help manage problems with walking, movement, and tremors. The medications may become less effective over time, so changes in what medication is taken could be necessary.
- Surgery. Deep brain stimulation can reduce tremors, involuntary movements, and rigidity, and improve slowness of movement when medications are not effective enough in the advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease. In this procedure, a surgeon implants electrodes in a specific area of the brain that is attached to a generator implanted in the chest near the collarbone. The generator sends pulses to the brain that can reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
If you developed Parkinson’s disease from your job as a welder, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries from your non-subscriber employer who caused you to be exposed to dangerous toxic fumes. Call us at (817) 380-4888 or start an online chat to schedule a free consultation.