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Inadequately Controlled Motor Fluctuations

Overview As Parkinson’s disease progresses, the response to levodopa becomes more complex and medication beneficial effects begin to wear off between doses.   The variations in mobility such that patients can tell when their medications kick in and wear off are referred to as motor fluctuations.  Although motor fluctuations can be very frustrating and disabling, there […]

Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Often non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease can be overlooked and thought to be unassociated with PD, especially in the early stages of the disease. However, there are a variety of non-motor symptoms that can affect up to 50% of the PD population. Two of the major non-motor symptoms include cognitive changes and mood disorders. Cognitive […]

Overview of Motor Symptoms

The most common motor symptoms of PD include tremor (occurring at rest), slowness of movements (bradykinesia), rigidity of movements in the limbs, trunk, and neck, and reduced balance. PD is a progressive neurological condition so symptoms, including motor symptoms, worsen over time. Tremor – Around 80% of PD patients have a tremor or will develop one. […]