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Avi Medical helps you with Parkinson's

This chronic-degenerative nerve disease affects up to one percent of all 60-year-olds. A number that grows steadily with age. But: While Parkinson's disease is still incurable, the associated symptoms can be easily treated with medication. Provided the illness is detected early. Our experienced doctors will assist you with the diagnosis and immediately following therapy at all our locations.  

What is Parkinson's?

Popularly known as “Parkinson “ is known, the term describes a variety of different clinical pictures. Medicine therefore knows the nerve disease as Parkinson's syndrome or symptom complex.

What all manifestations have in common is their origin, which is the previously medically unexplained death of nerve cells in the brain lies. This is followed by a series of neuronal disorders. Motor inhibitions, such as muscle tremors, are the most common.

The best-known subtype of Parkinson's syndrome is Idiopathic Parkinson's syndrome (Parkinson's disease). Other common manifestations are: 

  • genetic forms of Parkinson's syndrome. Here, genetic defects lead to the death of the nerve cells
  • Atypical Parkinson's syndromes. Here nerve death occurs due to another nerve disease, e.g. Lewy body dementia
  • secondary Parkinson's syndromes. Triggered by medications, accidents, tumors, poisoning, metabolic diseases or infections

When does it become Parkinson's disease?

For the diagnosis of Parkinson's syndrome, the four following neural complaints must be present at the same time. These are:   

  • Akinesia, (stiffening of movements)
  • Rigor (general muscle tension)
  • Rest tremor (shaking at rest) 
  • upostural instability (tendency to fall when standing upright)

What are the triggers of Parkinson's?

The trigger for all manifestations of the Parkinson's symptom complex is the death of nerve tissue in the substantia nigra. This area of ​​the brain is closely linked to physical motor skills. If nerve cells die here, the musculoskeletal system is inhibited. The anomaly also leads to a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which regulates motor function Problem intensified. A simultaneously occurring imbalance of other messenger substances such as norepinephrine and serotonin also results in further symptoms that go beyond motor restrictions (such as dementia). 

What are possible symptoms of Parkinson's?

The typical symptoms of Parkinson's syndrome are divided into motor problems and additional complaints assigned. The former include:

  • slowed movements
  • a typical still image. Consisting of: bent joints and a small-step, shuffling gait with the upper body slightly bent forward (which is why people often fall forward) as a sign of instability
  • general stiffness in movement
  • in later stages of the disease: writing becomes smaller, facial expressions decrease, problems swallowing

Additional complaints include:

  • Depressions
  • Sleep problems
  • Constipation
  • Smelling disorder, including loss of smell
  • Muscle and joint pain, especially in the shoulder girdle
  • later on : Joylessness, Anxiety, Dementia, excessive salivation, bladder emptying disorder

The treatment of Parkinson's disease in Avi Medical

The comprehensive therapyof Parkinson's syndrome begins at Avi Medical withearly diagnosis. Medical measures on which this is based are:

  • Compiling an anamnesis
  • Orienting neurological examinations of the gait, certain Movement sequences and reflexes 
  • in the hospital also: MRI or CT to rule out other diseases

The diagnosis is followed by the drug treatment. This includes preparations which: 

  • contain the precursor of dopamine and thus counteract a deficiency
  • Have a dopamine-like effect
  • Inhibit the breakdown of dopamine (MAO inhibitors)
  • Reduce muscle tremors (beta blockers)
  • act against depression, dementia and psychotic episodes (antidepressants, anti-dementia drugs and antipsychotics)

Accompany the long-term use of the preparationsregular laboratory checksin order to rule out the development of possible side effects at an early stage. 

Drug treatment is also carried out the following measures support: 

  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Music and art therapy