Parkinson's disease is a progressive, disabling brain disorder that can affect your movement, muscle control and balance. It occurs when nerve cells in the midbrain degenerate, causing a reduction in the brain's supply of dopamine (a vital chemical messenger).
Symptoms vary, but often include:
- tremor or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
- rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
- slowness of movement
- postural instability or impaired balance and coordination
Though there is no cure for Parkinson's disease, treatment is flexible and varies according to the stage of the disease. Physical therapists can work with you on flexibility, balance and muscle strength and control. Physicians work closely with the therapists to track progress and make recommendations for further care. Medical psychology may also be helpful with emotional adjustment to the life changes you are facing as a result of Parkinson’s disease.
Call (877) 56-REHAB
For more information about Parkinson’s disease, visit www.parkinson.org.
To schedule an assessment with a Sheltering Arms physician, medical psychologist or therapist, call (877) 56-REHAB.