Understanding Parkinson’s Disease (PD)

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a degenerative disorder that primarily impairs a patient’s motor skills, speech and facial expressions. Primary symptoms of PD include muscle rigidity, tremor, slow movement (bradykinesia), poor balance and difficulty walking. PD is a chronic progressive disorder which dramatically impairs a patient’s quality of life.

Quick Facts About Parkinson's Disease

  • The National Parkinson Foundation estimates that 50,000-60,000 new cases of PD are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have PD and the thousands of cases that go undetected.
  • PD affects one in 100 people over age 60. While the average age of onset is 60, people have been diagnosed as young as 18. Early symptoms are subtle and occur gradually.
  • As PD progresses, medication dosages must be increased and often cause a disabling side effect known as dyskinesias, which are uncontrolled, writhing movements.
  • Quality of life is a big issue for people with PD, as the activities of daily life such as feeding, drinking, grooming and writing become difficult if not impossible.
  • Patients with PD who are requiring high or frequent doses of dopamine and may be experiencing medication side effects are ideal candidates for treatment with deep brain stimulation.


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