Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease of the brain that is progressive and affects your ability to move, walk and talk over time. Each year in the U.S., about 60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Most of them are 50 or older.

Many patients with Parkinson’s disease complain of stiff and slow moving muscles, along with difficulty using them. There are four main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease:

  • Tremor of the hand or arm at rest
  • Stiff muscles
  • Slow movements
  • Problems with balance or walking

At Mercy, our neurologists and movement disorder specialists know how to manage Parkinson’s. Even though there’s no cure for the disease, there are treatment options, such as medication or therapy, which can help control symptoms.

In addition, our physical, occupational and speech therapists can help teach you ways to overcome or work around limitations the disease might have created.

Most importantly, know that you are not alone. Your Mercy care team will provide the treatment and resources you need to help you live a full life.

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