Symptoms Of Parkinson 's Disease

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Some people may know what Parkinson’s Disease is but not what it is capable of. Many may not even be aware that Parkinson’s Disease exists. Michele Tagliati, Gary N. Guten, and Jo Horne explain that “Parkinson’s Disease is a disease in a group of conditions called movement disorders -- disorders that result from a loss of the brain’s control on voluntary movement” (10). With this being said, a neurotransmitter in the brain called Dopamine sends signals to regions in the brain that are the control base of balance, movement, and coordination. Unfortunately, in a patient with Parkinson’s Disease the cells that produce Dopamine die quicker than in a healthy person. The number of people afflicted with Parkinson’s is rising. “It is…show more content…
The symptoms are the factors for diagnosing Parkinson’s. The four major physical impairments in Moderate Parkinson’s Disease are tremors, Bradykinesia, rigidity, and postural instability. To begin, the first major physical impairment in Moderate Parkinson’s Disease is tremors. Sharee A. Wiggins and RelayHealth explain, “Parkinsonian tremors are slow rhythmic, shaking movements. They are most obvious and bothersome when your hands are at rest. These kinds of movements are linked to the brain disorder called Parkinson’s Disease (par. 1). Tremors that occur in Parkinson’s Disease are the most common symptom. These occur due to the lack of Dopamine in the brain. This rather irritating symptom is present in most Parkinson’s patients. Normally this symptom occurs early in the disease. Tremors occur mostly in the hands and fingers, but can also show in the head, tongue, voice, trunk, and legs. According to Abraham N. Lieberman and Frank L. Williams, “Tremor is the most obvious symptom in Parkinson’s disease, affecting about 75 percent of all patients. Tremor generally occurs early in the course of the disease, but may never occur in all patients” (173). Tremors normally will occur on one side of the body, but as the disease progresses it can reach to more of the body affecting all body parts, such as the lips, jaw, and tongue. The diagnosis of
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