Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that affects movements, emotions, and other body functions. It is a degenerative condition that begins with minor tremors and shaking, and progresses into more serious symptoms over time.
The brain requires a substance called dopamine, a signal that allows you to control body movements. In Parkinson’s disease, the brain does not make enough dopamine which affects many body functions. The cause of the disease is unknown, although having a family history may increase your risk.
Parkinson’s disease can affect movements and leads to difficulty in balance and possibly falls. You may notice shaking or tremors when at rest and have stiffness and slowness during movement. A shuffling walk or being unable to start moving when trying to walk can also occur. Parkinson’s can also affect your voice, facial expressions and handwriting.
Therapy is important in helping you manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and keep you safe and comfortable. Your therapist can help you improve walking, moving from chairs or bed to standing and help decrease your risk of falling. For more information