Parkinson’s disease is caused by changes to the complex nature of neurotransmitter (dopamine) interaction in the basal ganglia in the brain. Emerging evidence now informs us that other areas of the brain can also be affected very early in the disease course,perhaps even before symptoms are problematic. Parkinson’s disease can also be grouped with other conditions that present in a similar way. This group of conditions is wide-ranging and exact diagnosis can take some time to be formalised by your neurology team.
Parkinsons’s disease is a progressive condition and early advice by a neuro-physiotherapist can ensure that you are equipped to manage any changes to your balance, walking and ease of movement. Neuro-physiotherapy can support you to remain as active as possible, particularly earlier in the condition. Symptoms of postural changes, rigidity, freezing of gait and tremor can also be addressed, whilst at the same time an experienced neuro-physiotherapist will be alert to any changes to your risk of falling.