Ohio Neurologic Institute

Specializing in Neurologic and Sleep Disorders

Parkinsonís Disease

Parkinson's disease (PD) is the† result of the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells.

 

The four primary symptoms of PD are:

†††† 1. tremor, trembling in hands, arms, legs, and jaw;

†††† 2. rigidity, or stiffness of the limbs and trunk;

†††† 3. bradykinesia, or slowness of movement; and

†††† 4. postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination.

 

As these symptoms become more pronounced, patients may have difficulty walking, talking, or completing other simple tasks. PD usually affects people over the age of 50. 

 

Early symptoms of PD are subtle and occur gradually.   As the disease progresses, the symptoms may begin to interfere with daily activities.  Other symptoms may include depression and sleep disruptions. 

 

†The diagnosis is based on medical history and a neurological examination.  There are many medicines available to help people with Parkinsonís disease, and we use a combination of medications and exercise to help our patients.

 

 

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