Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects the movement. The disease onset happens gradually. As the disease progresses, there may be stiffness and restriction of movement. Symptoms are:
• Mild tremors of limbs in initial stages
• Slowed movement
• Rigid muscles
• Impaired posture and balance
• Loss of automatic movements
• Speech changes
• Writing changes
HOW IS PARKINSON'S DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease is based on the symptoms and patient’s medical and family history. There are no specific tests available to diagnose Parkinson’s disease, but a neurologist can diagnose based on typical symptoms of the disease. Blood and urine tests may be ordered for ruling out other conditions
HOW IS PARKINSON'S DISEASE TREATED?
There are some drugs, which are known to boost the functions of the brain and fight the issue of Carbidopa-levodopa and even Carbidopa-levodopa infusion. Alongside these, the patient can also be given dopamine agonists to combat the issue. Physiotherapy along with other mental exercises are also given. Surgery happens in rare cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
Regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle helps prevent Parkinson’s disease