Learn the truth behind common Parkinson's myths

Roughly 1.2 million people are expected to be living with Parkinson’s disease by 2030, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation, making it the most common neurological disorder in the United States.

Parkinson’s is a movement disorder that happens when your brain doesn’t produce enough dopamine—a chemical that helps control balance, walking, and movement. Symptoms and their severity vary from person to person, but may include:

  • Poor balance and impaired coordination
  • Slowed movement
  • Stiffness in your arms and legs
  • Tremors in your hands, arms, face, or legs

Although Parkinson’s is by no means rare, there are many misconceptions about the disease, its treatment, and its impact on your life after diagnosis.

Here we debunk five common Parkinson’s myths.

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The specialists at Providence understand that Parkinson’s touches many areas of your life and that a customized treatment plan can help you stay healthy. You can find a Providence neurologist using our provider directory.  Or you can search for a primary care doctor in your area.

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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.

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