Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that causes tremors and deteriorating loss of balance, speech and memory. Parkinson’s is one of a group of neurological disorders that inhibit movement and cause loss of muscle control; examples of other disorders in this group include dystonia, Huntington’s disease, restless leg syndrome, torticollis and nervous tics.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease vary from person to person; early on, they may be subtle or unnoticeable. Symptoms may include:
- Slowed motion (bradykinesia)
- Stooped posture and balance problems
- Rigid muscles
- Loss of automatic acts, such as blinking and smiling
- Speech problems
There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but certain medications, rehabilitation programs and lifestyle changes can help control some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. If you or a loved one exhibits any of the signs above, tell your doctor right away.
To find a neurologist near you, call 704-384-CARE (2273).