Parkinson's Disease - Management
Parkinson's disease(PD) is a common neurodegerative disorder that affects approximately 1% of individuals over the age of 60. however, 1 in 10 people with PD are under the age of 50. Over 6.3 Millions people are living with PD and this number will be doubled by 2040.
The disease is characterized by symptoms such as tremors, stiffness, slowness of movement, impaired balance and coordination, changes in speech and writing, impaired sense of smell, constipation, sleep disturbances, depression or anxiety, and cognitive changes.
PD is caused by the loss of certain neurons(Substansia Nigra) in the brain and the formation of abnormal structures called Lewy bodies. Although there is no cure for Parkinson's disease, management can slow down its progression and manage symptoms for as long as possible. The aim of treatment is to minimize adverse effects while optimizing control of signs and symptoms.
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To diagnose Parkinson's disease, doctors rely on clinical signs and symptoms as there are no specific laboratory tests available for it. Routine scans like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans may not show any significant findings related to Parkinson's disease. Doctors look for the presence of at least two of the three main symptoms, including resting tremors, rigidity or stiffness, and bradykinesia or slowness of movement, to diagnose Parkinson's disease.