The progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement is known as Parkinson’s Disease. At more than 200,000 diagnoses every year, it is relatively common. Its symptoms are often mild to begin with but can progress rapidly over time, the progression varying from person to person. The key to treatment for this disease that has no cure is early identification to help improve the quality of life for those affected. .
HPFY gives you the information you need on the five stages of Parkinson’s Disease progression.
We have all heard of Parkinson’s Disease, but what exactly is it? Parkinson’s is a progressive nervous system disorder characterized by tremors that can progress to stiffness or the slowing of movement. As of today, there is no cure for this disease, nor one single cause.Signs or symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease can include:
It is widely accepted that Parkinson’s Disease progresses in five stages. This is known as the Hoehn and Yahr rating scale used to classify symptom severity and disease progression. These stages are:
As there are also other non-movement symptoms like intellectual impairment associated with Parkinson’s Disease, alternative systems other than the movements-based Hoehn and Yahr rating scale may also be considered. Your doctor may use the MDS-Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale which uses 50 comprehensive questions on motor as well as non-motor symptoms. While this scale is more complex, it is considered more thorough and comprehensive. Some non-motor symptoms considered by this rating scale include:
Parkinson’s Disease can progress differently in each individual and unfortunately does not have a cure. To make things worse, it does not appear to have a singular cause, and nor is it hereditary. Understanding the symptoms can help start an early intervention plan to maximize both the patient’s quality of life and the timespan of independent living.
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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