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Understanding Parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neuromuscular degenerative disorder that robs those afflicted of their motor functions over time. The average age of a Parkinson’s diagnosis is approximately 60, though at times those that are younger will also be diagnosed. These cases are known as Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease.

By far the most common indicators for Parkinson’s are a resting tremor, bradykinesia and rigidity of musculature, which will begin on one side of the body a gradually migrate to the other side, eventually encompassing both regions of the body. Because the disease progresses quite slowly, it’s easy to catalog the advancement of symptoms with the aim of predicting how close you may be to the day that a fall occurs. Working closely with a physical therapist can help with many of the unanticipated results or reasons for a fall.