DESCRIPTION OF CONDITIONS
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a progressive neurological condition that affects people from all walks of life. It is quite common, with approximately 70,000 Australians living with Parkinson’s. The average age of diagnosis is 65 years, however younger people can be diagnosed with Parkinson’s too. This is referred to as Young Onset Parkinson’s.
It is not easy to diagnose Parkinson’s. There are no laboratory tests so it is important that the diagnosis is made by a specialist, such as a neurologist. The specialist will examine for any physical signs of Parkinson’s and take a detailed history of symptoms.
Parkinson’s is categorised by clinicians as a “movement disorder.”
The four primary symptoms of PD are:
Tremor - or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
Rigidity - or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
Bradykinesia - or slowness of movement
Postural instability - or impaired balance and coordination
Symptoms of Parkinson’s usually develop slowly and gradually progress over time. Each person is affected differently and the rate of progression varies greatly between individuals.
There is currently no known cure. However, there are many treatments available that can allow a person with Parkinson’s to lead a fulfilling and productive life. Treatments can assist in managing your symptoms and providing a high quality of life for many years to come.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with or suspects PD and are looking for a specialist neurologist, please feel free to contact Synapse Neurology for a consultation on 03) 8582 6945