The aging process takes its toll on many parts of the body. Even so, many people still retain a reasonable amount of control over the manner in which they move. However, illnesses like Parkinson’s disease rob patients of their normal range of motion. You can protect your health or that of an affected loved one by learning more about the early symptoms of Parkinson’s and the treatment options for it.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological illness that affects the way you move. More specifically, it is a disorder that impacts the nerve cells in your brain. The illness inhibits the cells’ production of a chemical called dopamine, which in part helps your body control the way it moves. Without this chemical being produced, your movement typically becomes progressively shaky and jerky. Doctors currently have no way to cure the disease although they can treat some of its symptoms if the illness is detected early enough. Scientists also do not know what causes Parkinson’s disease.
Early Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
The disease presents itself through a series of symptoms that make living a normal everyday life more challenging, if not impossible. Some of the earliest signs of this illness include:
• Stiff muscles
• Slow movement in one or both sides of the body
• Problems walking or balancing oneself
As the disease progresses, other symptoms appear. Patients may have difficulties with:
• Bowel movements
• Facial expressions
• Mental health
Depression is common in Parkinson’s disease patients as people experience the loss of their ability to move normally.
Once doctors have accurately diagnosed patients with Parkinson’s disease, they may recommend a number of different treatments to slow down or ease the symptoms of it. The type of treatment that you or a loved one with this illness should go through depends on the extent and severity of Parkinson’s disease. Treatments using stem cells have shown promising results, and we can discuss this option with you, as well as the early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, during a consultation at our office.
Parkinson’s disease affects millions of patients each year. It causes people to lose their ability to move normally. It can also impact functions like swallowing or showing facial expressions. You can act in the best interests of you or an affected loved one by knowing how this disease is treated and what factors could put you at risk for it. Our team at Personalized Regenerative Medicine in San Clemente can help you with this. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.