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Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson symptoms

01/12/2007

Question:

Is it common for a person to walk to side with a lean,on effected side of where parkinson symptons began?

Answer:

Usually, Parkinson's disease (PD) affects people on one side of the body more than the other.  This asymmetry affects the whole body, including the limbs and trunk.  With PD causing small decreased movements and stiffness, it is very common for people with this disease to have a tendency to lean and walk toward the more affected side of the body.  

One effective way to help alleviate this issue is by doing daily stretching, especially with exercises that focus on the back and hip muscles.  In addition, optimal medication therapy, adequate sleep, and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle are also important in relieving PD symptoms.  The earlier a patient begins a routine exercise program after being diagnosed with PD, the better the impact will be on maintaining mobility and flexibility.

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Response by:

Punit  Agrawal, DO Punit Agrawal, DO
Assistant Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University