Parkinson's disease is a neurological condition which affects a person's movements, such as walking and talking. The most common association with the disease is the tremors that are suffered by the person affected. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, which is the result of the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells.
The dopamine-producing brain cells allow messages to be sent to the parts of the brain which co-ordinate movement. As these cells start to deplete, the brain is unable to function normally, and produces a movement disorder as a result of this.
What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?-
The symptoms associated with Parkinson's diseases are categorised as motor functions and non motor functions.
- Tremors are the first sign of Parkinson's in 70 per cent of cases
- Slow movement
- Stiffness of muscles
- Balance and co-ordination
Non motor functions:
- Disturbed sleep
- Urinary urgency
These symptoms are collectively known as Parkinsonism, with Parkinson's disease being the most common form of Parkinsonism. However, the symptoms can also be signs of other, less common disorders. Other such conditions include multiple system atrophy (MSA) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).
How the Priory can help to treat Parkinson's disease-
The Priory has been helping to treat people with Parkinson's disease for many years. We know that everyone's situation is different, which is why we ensure that everyone has a unique treatment plan tailored to their needs.
The services offered by Priory are usually on an inpatient basis for people who are struggling to cope in their own environment. At this time the team can best meet the needs of the individual. In some cases the individual may remain with the Priory until the end of their life. This is why Priory's team of Parkinson's specialists are skilled at managing palliative care, supporting both the patient and family during this difficult time.
We offer a range of therapies to improve symptoms and promote the wellbeing of those in our care, these include: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and cranial sacral therapy (CST) alongside nutritional guidance from a dietitian.