Learn More About Parkinson’s Disease

You may have heard about Parkinson’s disease. Maybe someone in your family has this disorder. About 10 million people are living with the disease.

It affects a person’s brain and the ability to move normally. The movement problems occur when cells in certain parts of the brainstem are damaged by the disease. (The brainstem is the part of the brain that connects to the spinal cord.)

Parkinson’s usually causes tremors, rigid muscles, balance problems and a general slow down of movement. It gets worse over time.

Dr. Akram Dastagir, a neurologist with the Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute, discusses Parkinson’s disease, the symptoms and potential treatments.

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Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease may include:

  • Changes in handwriting (small, cramped handwriting can be an early sign)
  • Changes in walking
  • Loss of balance
  • Loss of fine motor skills
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty with speech
  • Rigid muscles and limbs
  • Shaking or tremors
  • Stooped posture

For a diagnosis, a health care provider will conduct an exam, review symptoms and may conduct tests to rule out other conditions.

Meet the Author

Akram Hussain Dastagir, MD is a Neurologist at Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute in Milwaukee, WI.

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