It used to be known as “shaking palsy.” Today, the neurological disorder known as Parkinson’s disease causes tremors, slowness and stiffness in 1 million Americans – including actor Michael J. Fox – with more than 50,000 new cases a year.
“Parkinson’s is a chronic disorder of the central nervous system,” says Jagannadha R. Avasarala, MD, PhD, neurologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Its four main motor symptoms are tremors, slowness of movement, rigidity or stiffness, and instability. Over time, cognitive problems may also develop. Treatments ranging from medications to surgery are available to alleviate the symptoms and improve the quality of life, but there is no known cure.”
See your physician if you begin experiencing stiffness, uncontrollable shaking, slurred speech, difficulty getting dressed or imbalance.
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