Parkinson's Disease

Dr. Koroshetz tells listeners about Parkinson's disease including symptoms and treatments.

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DR. RODGERS: Shaking or trembling in your hands, arms or legs, along with stiff muscles, slow movement, or problems with balance or walking. These are symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

My colleague, Dr. Walter Koroshetz, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, explains:

DR. KOROSHETZ: Yes, Parkinson's disease affects certain nerve cells, or neurons, in the brain that control movement. When these nerve cells die, people begin to notice problems with their movement.

Parkinson's, unfortunately, is a progressive disease, which means it gets worse over time. Usually this happens slowly, over many years.

While there is currently no cure for Parkinson's, there are multiple treatments that can help people with Parkinson's disease live a full life for many years.

DR. RODGERS: Follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

Related Information

NINDS Parkinson's Disease Information Page