Parkinson’s disease is a neurological movement disorder which leads to depletion of dopamine, a neurotransmitter or chemical which sends signals around the brain. The primary visible symptom of Parkinson’s is tremor (shaking), but it also causes less visible symptoms such as muscle rigidity, movement difficulty, cognitive and sensory disturbances and sleep difficulty.
Parkinson’s disease was considered untreatable until the 1960s. Fortunately, medical and surgical treatments to reduce the symptoms have been developed. Researchers are continuing to search for treatments that can halt or reverse the brain degeneration which underlies Parkinson’s symptoms.
Dr Julian Rodrigues is a neurologist who specialises in the treatment of movement disorders and has developed Australian treatment guidelines for Parkinson’s disease.
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