Understanding Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s Disease occurs in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra when certain nerve cells either die or become impaired, preventing the production of a vital chemical known a dopamine which allows smooth coordinated function of the body’s muscles and movement. Parkinson’s disease appears when around 70% of the dopamine-producing cells are damaged or die.

The most common symptom of Parkinson’s is Tremors, but actually only occurs in 2/3 of all people when the condition is first diagnosed. Muscle stiffness, slowness of movement, freezing, micrographia and lethargy are all common symptoms.

Parkinson’s Disease is currently managed by Medication, Neurosurgery and multidisciplinary therapy.

Find out more by visiting the Parkinson’s Australia website.

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