Parkinson’s Disease / Movement Disorders
More than a million Americans – particularly those over the age of 65 – suffer from Parkinson's disease, a progressive nervous system disorder that severely affects one’s movement.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s start gradually, often with a barely noticeable tremor in one hand, soft or slurred speech, or little movement of your arms when you walk, but worsen as the condition progresses over time. Often, Parkinson’s starts on one side of your body and remains worse on that side, even as the symptoms begin to affect both sides.
Parkinson’s disease is incurable, but medication or surgery can significantly improve your symptoms, which may include:
- Slowed movement
- Muscle stiffness
- Impaired balance and posture
- Loss of automatic movement
- Changes in speech patterns