What is Parkinson’s Disease?
It is a disorder of the nervous system that results from damage to the nerve cells in a region of the brain that produces dopamine – a chemical, vital for the smooth control of muscles and movement. It mainly affects people aged over 65, but it can come on earlier.
What are the causes of Parkinson’s disease?
The exact cause of Parkinson’s disease is still uncertain, but it is thought to be related to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. It is believed to be caused by the progressive degeneration of nerve cells in the middle area of the brain.
Can physiotherapy help people with Parkinson’s disease?
Yes. Physiotherapy is a vital component of the long-term management of Parkinson’s disease. It is effective in pain management, movement and postural problems.
What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?
Problems with balance
Bradykinesia/slowness of movement
Freezing/experiencing a sudden inability to move
Micrographia (small handwriting)
Problems with memory
Loss of sense of smell
Blood pressure fluctuation
How will physiotherapy help my AC Joint injury?
A Physiotherapist’s goals of treatment will be to:
Reduce pain and inflammation
Improve your joint range of movement
Increase the shoulder muscle strength
Improve your shoulder blade and collar bone alignment
Improve your muscle length
Improve your upper limb proprioception
Improve your technique and function especially when lifting or doing overhead activities
Minimise your chance of reinjury as you return to work or sport
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