A progressive disease that affects the nervous system, Parkinson’s disease is often suspected when a number of symptoms are present, including tremors, poor balance, rigidity, slower-than-normal movements and trouble walking. Parkinson’s disease typically affects the elderly as well as the middle-aged population of the world. While causes of Parkinson’s can vary, it is typically due to the deficiency of dopamine (an important neurotransmitter) in the body.
Who Is Affected
Parkinson’s disease affects approximately one million people across the United States, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, and most often is found in the Caucasian population. There are approximately four million people worldwide that suffer from this condition as well. Men usually are at a higher risk of these symptoms. There are cases of early onset Parkinson’s disease, but the average age that a person usually develops it is around 60 years old. Risk factors go up as a person increases in age.
Management Of Parkinson’s Disease
The course of treatment for this progressive disease really depends on the cause of the Parkinson’s, as well as the severity of a person’s symptoms, but there are a number of ways those symptoms can be managed to help improve quality of life. Medications have been used successfully to help slow the progression of symptoms, as well as minimize their effects on a person’s quality of life. Many of these treatments add more dopamine into the body as a way to combat the low levels that occur from Parkinson’s disease. Staying active can also help keep the brain and body functioning optimally as well. There is even a new treatment option available to certain patients who qualify, involving deep brain stimulation. To do this, electrodes are surgically implanted into the brain and a pacemaker-like item helps control electrical impulses that help to control tremors.
People who are at a higher risk of Parkinson’s disease are those who have genetic predispositions. Also, trauma, illness and toxins can play a part as well. While the cause is unknown, Parkinson’s disease can occur from a number of health concerns that deal with the brain and brain function.
At Integrated Neurology Services, we provide extensive treatment options to help patients with Parkinson’s disease get the care they deserve. If you are in the Northern Virginia area, call us today to schedule an appointment. Help is only a phone call or click away.