Movement Disorders


What Is Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinsonâ's disease is a neurological disorder that affects movement, muscle control, and balance. Parkinsonâ's disease usually affects people 55 - 75 years old, but it can also develop in younger people. The disease is progressive, with symptoms becoming more severe over time.

Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Parkinsonâ's disease is difficult to diagnose in its early stages. The disease is diagnosed mostly through symptoms, which may include:

  • - Tremors (shaking) in the hands, arms, legs, and face .
  • - Slowness of movement, especially when initiating motion.
  • - Muscle rigidity
  • - Difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination
  • - Difficulty eating and swallowing
  • - Digestive problems
  • - Speech problems
  • - Depression and difficulties with memory and thought processes


Botulinum toxin is a protein that helps stop muscle spasms. Muscle spasms are caused by chemical messages sent to the muscles from nerves. These messages tell the muscles to contract (to tighten up). Botulinum toxin is used to stop muscle spasms because it blocks these messages