Parkinson disease causes certain brain cells to die. These are the cells that help control movement and coordination. The disease leads to shaking (tremors) and trouble walking and moving.
Nerve cells use a brain chemical called dopamine to help control muscle movement. With Parkinson disease, the brain cells that make dopamine slowly die. Without dopamine, the cells that control movement cannot send messages to the muscles. This makes it hard to control the muscles. Slowly, over time, this damage gets worse. No one knows what causes these brain cells to waste away.
Parkinson disease most often develops after age 50. It is one of the most common nervous system problems in older adults.
• The disease tends to affect men more than women, although women also get the disease. Parkinson disease sometimes runs in families.
• The disease can occur in younger adults. In such cases, it is often due to the person’s genes.
• Parkinson disease is rare in children.
The Neurology Center of New England provides specialized treatment and diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. Please contact us today for more information.