Parkinsonism/Parkinson’s Disease Physiotherapy Treatment

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What Is A Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is named for Dr. James Parkinson, who in 1817 first described the features of this illness. Features of Parkinson’s disease include tremor, slow movement (bradykinesia), and rigid muscles (rigidity).

How Does Parkinson’s Affect the Body?

The telltale symptoms all have to do with the way you move. You usually notice problems like:

Rigid muscles. It can happen on just about any part of your body. Doctors sometimes mistake early Parkinson’s for arthritis.

Slow movements. You may find that even simple acts, like buttoning a shirt, take much longer than usual.

Tremors. Your hands, arms, legs, lips, jaw, or tongue are shaky when you’re not using them.

Walking and balance problems. You may notice your arms aren’t swinging as freely when you walk. Or you can’t take long steps, so you have to shuffle instead.

Parkinson’s can also cause a range of other issues, from depression to bladder problems.

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How Is Parkinson’s Treated?

It’s all about managing symptoms. Drugs for Parkinson’s can often help with tremors, stiff muscles, and slow movements. Your doctor may also suggest physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, based on how it affects you. And in some cases, you may need surgery.