Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's disease is part of a large group of neurological conditions known as motor system disorders. In a normal brain, some nerve cells produce dopamine which transmits signals in the brain to create smooth muscle movement. In Parkinson's patients, 80% of these cells are dead or damaged.

There are many symptoms of Parkinson's disease, including: tremor or shaking in the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face; stiffness of limbs and trunk; slowness of movement (bradykinesia); and unstable posture, impaired balance and poor coordination.

Advanced cases of Parkinson's disease are totally crippling/disabling, but the symptoms during the onset of the disease happen subtly and gradually, and are often mistakenly associated with aging.

While there is no cure for Parkinson's disease, there are a number of treatments, including drug and surgical therapy. Additionally, a patient may hire physical and speech therapists to help with disabilities created by Parkinson's.