You are here: DIME Home > Diseases > Understanding Parkinson's Disease


Understanding Parkinson's Disease

Everyone who grew up in the 80s and the 90s knows Michael J. Fox, Marty Mc Fly, from the Back to the Future series. A well known fact about Michael J. Fox is that he suffers from Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder.

Author: Jeff Warner
Date: May 4, 2011 - 6:55:47 AM


Printer FriendlyPrinter friendly page

Everyone who grew up in the 80s and the 90s knows Michael J. Fox, Marty Mc Fly, from the Back to the Future series. A well known fact about Michael J. Fox is that he suffers from Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder.

Its cause is as yet unknown, and though it is not curable yet, it can be managed through prescription medication. Patients with Parkinson's disease require constant care as the disease progresses. It is important, for both the patient and the care-giver, to understand the various signs and symptoms to understand the progression of the disease.

Signs and Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease
John Parkinson, the English physician who defined Parkinson's disease nearly two centuries ago, called it the 'Shaking Palsy' owing to the fact that the most common symptom of PD was tremors in one side of the body. Over the years, several other symptoms have been identified. The most common and hallmark symptoms of PD, the Primary Motor Symptoms, are:

Resting Tremor: This is the most well know symptom of PD. A resting tremor is a muscle tremor that happens when the muscles are in a relaxed state, that is, non moving state. This usually manifests at the onset of PD, usually one side of the body, and spreads to the other side of the body as the disease progresses.

Bradykinesia (Slow Movement): Bradykinesia means slowness in movements; however it doesn't mean that the slowness exists in the initiation of the movement, but in execution. It results in an inability to perform even the simplest of daily activities. Not only does the patient experience inability to initiate and execute movements, but an inability to stop ongoing movements. It may affect the facial muscles resulting in a "Mask Like" appearance.

Rigidity: Increased muscle tone, or Rigidity is another symptom of PD that might manifest in the early stages. When muscles move, they stretch, and relax. Due to rigidity, the muscles do not go back to the relaxed state, and remain stiff or stretched, often resulting in a lowered range of movement. The patient might experience pain and/or cramping due to Rigidity.

Postural Instability: Postural instability or impaired balance and co-ordination are experienced by many patients. Due to PD some people are not able to stand properly and stably. They also experience an adverse effect on the balance and co-ordination of their bodies. This combined with Rigidity and Bradykinesia, increases the chance of falling.

Sometimes it affects their speech and swallowing. Periods of "freezing" are common, where the person feels like s/he is 'stuck' to the ground, therefore making it difficult for him/her to walk.

Most patients experience one or more the above mentioned symptoms at the onset of the disease. Apart from these there are some Secondary Motor Symptoms that are not experienced by all patients:


  • A tendency to lean forward or Stooped Posture

  • Dystonia: abnormal movements caused by sustained muscle contractions.

  • Fatigue

  • Impaired fine motor dexterity

  • Impairment in the Gross motor coordination

  • Poverty of movement

  • Akathisia

  • Micrographia: cramped handwriting

  • Sexual dysfunction

  • Drooling


Some non motor symptoms, like pain, dementia or confusion, constipation, depression, anxiety, sleep and skin problems and compulsive behavior have also been associated with PD. However, it's not essential that these symptoms manifest in every patient.

Parkinson's disease is not curable, but it is very manageable with the proper treatment and care. Patients in the advanced stages often require full time care by a qualified professional.



View all articles by Jeff Warner

Link to this article:

Code to copy: <a href="http://www.dime-co.com/diseases/understanding-parkinsons-disease.shtml">Understanding Parkinson's Disease</a>




Related Articles...

Understanding Parkinson's Disease

May 4, 2011 - 6:55:47 AM

Everyone who grew up in the 80s and the 90s knows Michael J. Fox, Marty Mc Fly, from the Back to the Future series. A well known fact about Michael J. Fox is that he suffers from Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder.... [Read the full story]

Multiple Sclerosis: Symptoms And Alternative Treatments

May 4, 2011 - 1:47:38 AM

Multiple Sclerosis, commonly referred to as MS, is an inflammatory disease that affects the nerve cells in the spine and the brain. Due to this the brain and the spine are unable to communicate with each other. People with MS show a large spectrum of symptoms ranging from neural symptoms to cognitive symptoms to physical symptoms. MS is caused because the immune system of the body attacks and reduces the myelin sheath which is a layer of fat protecting the nerve cell; therefore the nerve cells are unable to transmit messages.... [Read the full story]

Revitalise the Ageing Eye through Clarivu Lens Replacement Eye Surgery

May 3, 2011 - 12:01:23 PM

Clear lens exchange or lens replacement eye surgery is a surgical procedure done to improve vision problems. It involves removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens. The result is like having brand new clear lenses.... [Read the full story]

Living a Healthy Lifestyle is Easier than You Think

Apr 18, 2011 - 8:25:04 AM

Happiness is bestowed in a healthy lifestyle. The term 'healthy lifestyle' may sound arduous, but until you yourself discover what actually it is, you can’t taste the joy in it. A healthy lifestyle undoubtedly gives a magical touch to your life. And what if this magic is created with the least possible effort? Yeah, you’ll surely enjoy it. This is what a healthy lifestyle is about - adapting it is much easier and enjoyable than it seems. If not exaggeration, it is the only way of getting yourself out of this wrecked lifestyle. Let us now look into few easy steps which help in acquiring a healthy lifestyle.... [Read the full story]


Newest Articles in Popular Topics:

Business & Marketing Computers & the Internet Entertainment Health & Fitness
Finding Ways To Save Money And Maximize Revenue In Business
Cooper's Golf Park Tees Off Their New Website
Fiinovation Adjudged CSR Team of the Year & Caring Company at World CSR Day
Reasons Why Kale Realty is the Best Real Estate Firm in All of Chicago
Montreal Tech Startup Kangaroo Rewards Launches Mobile Loyalty Program for Local Merchants
It is time we break out of the SEO Shelter
3 Strong Reasons You Should Start Your Own Blog
Evolve Your Career With CompTIA A+ Certification Exam
High speed VMware Backups - Powered by UltraBlaze() from Vembu
Things to Consider When Selecting a Domain Name for Your Website
Fling Boom "Launches" This Holiday Season
Beautiful Abstract Canvas Art is Up for Grabs
Buying Art as a Gift: Tips From an Expert
Complete Guide to the 2014 Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival Released by Jackson Mountain Homes
Learn Blues Music Online-Alternative to Traditional Piano Lessons
Causes and Treatment of Acne
What Type Of Constipation Home Remedies Are There?
Manual Wheelchairs: Buying One
Instant Facelift with Dental Implants
Lasik Surgery Leading Correction Of Vision Issues

Home & Family

Shopping

Sports

Travel
Enhance Your Learning Experience Through Best Responsive Elearning Development Tools
Best Apps for Learning German
Esvees is Cranbourne's Elite Hair Dressing Company
Ozone Generator
Practical Tips When Choosing Gates and Gate Openers for Your Home or Business
Why Cases are Required for Mobile Phones?
Are Dealership Services Worth It?
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Named Must-Shop SUV for Towing from AutoTrader.com
Online Selling With An Appraisal Advantage
Macsome AudioBook Converter released New Version V2.0.4
Aditi Ashok signs off with a double
Softball Coaching: Avoid Becoming A Nattering Nabob of Negativity
Softball Coaching Tips - The Funnel Approach
Pick Up Specialized Advice on Jumping Exercises Which Are Highly Effective
Vertical Jump Training Tactics to Increase Your Athletic Performance
Tips for Choosing the Right Paris Short Lets
Hostels - the best choice for working womens and college students
Perfect holiday? Book a cruise and sail in Croatia!
Say Aloha to Your Best Vacation Ever with Kohala Coast Properties
The Perfect Guide for a Fantastic Family Trip to Kansas City

 



Follow & Share Your Favorite Video Articles

Tell a Friend About This Site



Chamber of Commerce - on the Web logo



Subscribe to the eMarket SmartsTM Newsletter in order to keep up to date with what's happening with dime-co.com, get the emails on new video articles, featured articles, and more. Your privacy is always protected. We never rent, sell or trade your private information

:
:

Service provided by GetResponse Autoresponders


Recommended Associates


Latest Articles in All Categories


Putting Up a Small Commercial Printing Business
So You Might Be Unemployed And Desire To Become A San Francisco Real Estate Investor Now
Meditation and Mindfulness: Dealing With Emotion
CPA Websites: Five Essential Ideas for Composing Convincing Articles
Set Goals In Order to Come Up With Your Action Plan
Is the Air in Your Home Safe to Breathe?
Coarse Fishing Tackle Review: The JW Young 13ft Trotter Rod
Section 1031 Exchanges For San Diego Real Estate Investors
Phoenix Real Estate Investing For Highest Possible Earnings
Legendary are the Volk Racing TE37 Wheels
Developing the Next Generation Wall Station (ChaseDesk™) for Healthcare - A Case Study
What are step down transformers?
Introducing Sharehype, the Revolutionary Tool for Online Marketers
Rewards To Shopping For Austin Real Estate On The Web
Hydroponics for Beginners



Do you write?

Would you like submit your articles and have them approved on a priority status? Find out more about how you can become a Priority author for pennies a day! Click here.

Dime-co.com Home
  • Business (9328)
  • Computers & The Internet (5740)
  • Entertainment (1348)
  • Family (958)
  • Finance (1963)
  • Health (4246)
  • Home and Living (6670)
  • Marketing (6113)
  • Shopping & Product Reviews (2624)
  • Sports (694)
  • Travel and Vacations (1689)
  • Video Articles (1)
  • Editors Pick (1)