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Parkinson’s Disease Overview

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological condition which is characterised by both motor (movement) and non-motor symptoms. The symptoms assessed in order to assist with a diagnosis are:

  • Bradykinesia (slowness of movement)
  • Tremor, usually occurring in a limb which is at rest and initially appearing unilaterally (one sided)
  • Muscle rigidity which may not be apparent to the person with the condition but is felt by the examiner (doctor or physiotherapist). This is commonly present in the wrist, shoulder and neck
  • Postural instability – changes to gait and balance

In addition to these classic signs there are many more aspects of Parkinson’s which may or may not be experienced. These may include communication and swallowing changes.

Did you know:

  • The average age of diagnosis is 65
  • Every hour of every day someone in Australia is diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease
  • There are approximately 70,000 people living with Parkinson’s Disease in Australia and 4,000 in Western Australia
  • 1 in 7 people are aged under 40

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