Learn about Parkinson’s disease and its symptoms
Most people have heard of Parkinson’s disease, but they don’t really know too much about it. It’s important to be aware of what it is, why it occurs and some of the symptoms to look out for.
What is Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and degenerative neurological disorder that affects 1 in 100 people over the age of 60. In the U.S., about 1 million people are living with Parkinson’s disease. Specifically, Parkinson’s disease affects how the brain controls physical movement.
What causes Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s disease results from the malfunction or loss of cells in various parts of the brain, including an area of the brain called the substantia nigra. The cells in this area produce dopamine, which is the chemical that sends messages within the brain to control movement and coordination.
The exact cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown, but research points to a combination of genetic and environmental factors, with the biggest risk factor associated with aging. Because the causes are unknown, there are no real measures that people can take to prevent it.
The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease vary from person to person, but the most common motor signs of the disease are the following:
- Resting tremors of the hands, feet or face.
- Slowness of movement.
- Stiffness of the body.
- Impaired balance and coordination.
- Reduced facial expression.
Keep in mind that these symptoms alone don’t indicate Parkinson’s disease. However, if you’re experiencing these symptoms for no specific or obvious reason, it’s important to consult a doctor. Stop by one of Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center’s walk-in clinics in Little Rock, Shreveport or Bossier City to receive more information and a medical exam today. Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, medication, exercise and stress reduction can ease symptoms.
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