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Walking with Parkinson’s: Freezing, Balance and Falls

Date: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

Parkinson’s disease (PD) can change the way a person walks. Movement Symptoms like stiff muscles, rigidity In Parkinson’s, stiffness of the arms or legs beyond what would result from normal aging or arthritis. Some people call it “tightness” in their limbs. and slow movement make it harder to take normal steps.

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Bradykinesia (Slowness of Movement)

Bradykinesia means slowness of movement, and it is one of the cardinal symptoms of Parkinson’s. You must have bradykinesia plus either tremor Involuntary shaking of the hands, arms, legs, jaw or tongue. The typical Parkinson’s tremor is “pill-rolling” – it looks like holding a pill between thumb and forefinger and continuously rolling it around. Some people report an internal tremor, a shaking sensation inside the chest, abdomen or limbs that cannot be seen.

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