Parkinson’s Disease (PD) affects the way your brain controls your muscles. Parkinson’s is a disease due to loss of brain cells that produce dopamine and is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement and can develop gradually. This can make it hard to walk and do many other kinds of movement. Symptoms can be barely noticeable, could be a tremor in just one hand.
Approximately one million people have Parkinson’s disease in the United States and there are around 50,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Parkinson's disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disorder that affects mostly 65 years of age and older. Although 1 out of every 10 people with the disease is younger than 45.
Facts about Parkinson's Disease
• Parkinson's mostly affects men.
• There is no blood test or scan that can diagnose Parkinson’s disease.
• Doctors look for four classic symptoms of the disease before reaching a diagnosis.
• There is no known cause of PD although a family history of the disease will increase your risk.
• Parkinson's is a movement disorder.
PD Warning Signs
- Tremor - slight shaking or tremor in your finger, hand or chin
- Loss of smell - have trouble smelling certain foods (Bananas, pickles)
- Trouble moving or walking - body might be very stiff and have trouble moving your arms when you walk
- Stooping or hunching over - finding yourself leaning over more than usual
Treatment for Parkinson's Disease
Treatment for a Parkinson's Disease can include seeing a neurologist, medications, surgery, and treatment plans. If you or a loved one is suffering from PD, contact a Neurologist at First Choice Neurology today. We have several locations throughout Florida.