Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease Overview

Parkinson’s disease is a movement-affecting nervous system disorder. Early treatment reduces symptoms as much as possible and slows down disease progression. A Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) neurovascular specialist should be contacted as soon as possible if symptoms present.

Symptoms & Risk Factors

Parkinson’s disease symptoms include:

  • Balance and posture problems
  • Loss of unconscious movements
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Speech problems
  • Tremors

Parkinson’s disease risk factors include:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Gender (men)
  • Toxin exposure

Common Treatments:

Parkinson’s disease cannot be cured. Treatment revolves around reducing symptoms as much as possible. After a thorough evaluation, a CONA neurovascular specialist prescribes medication(s) and therapy.

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