• Parkinson's Disease

    Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder in Australia. It is a disease in which the dopamine-producing cells of the basal ganglia fail, resulting in distinct changes in movement quality. The average age at diagnosis is 65 years, but adults of any age can be affected. In Australia there are approximately 80,000 people living with Parkinson’s disease and about 20% are people of working age. The causes of Parkinson’s disease are still unknown and there are currently no disease-modifying therapies. Medication is the standard treatment, supervised where possible by a neurologist skilled in movement disorders. Physiotherapists can prescribe exercise and give advice to assist with problems with everyday function.