NEW DELHI: On the occasion of World Parkinson’s Day on April 11, 2019, the Fortis Hospital-Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi, has issued an advisory in reference to the disease.
Dr. Rajesh Garg, Director and HOD, Department of Neurology, in the hospital said, “We have issued an advisory asking people to remain alert for any indication regarding the worsening of the condition. They should carry out instructions as per the doctor’s advise and with the help of a physical therapist.”
Dr Garg said, “The symptoms are trembling of hands, arms, legs, jaw and face, stiffness of the arms, legs and trunk, slowness of movement and poor balance and coordination.”
“While Parkinson’s has no cure, its onset and progression is extremely slow and symptoms can be controlled with treatment which helps maintain the quality of life for the patient,” he said.
“There are several medicines that can manage symptoms, slow down the progression of the disease tremendously and make it easier to live with. In advanced stage of Parkinson’s disease, the patient may benefit from surgery, Apomorphine injection or Levodopa- carbidopa intestinal gel,” said Dr Garg.
The advisory asks caregivers to ensure that the disease and its ramifications have been fully understood, treatment is conducted in a smooth manner, the comfort of the patient is kept a priority and not compromised, and caregivers continue keeping the patient engaged in activities to ensure good mental health.
People with an affected first-degree relative, such as a parent or sibling, have a four to nine percent higher chance of developing the disease, the advisory said.
Consumption of well water and use of pesticides in food products can cause neurological damage which leads to the onset of Parkinson’s disease, it said.
Over ten million people in the world suffer from Parkinson’s, and around 1% of them are over sixty years of age.