Category: fall prevention in parkinsons

Treatments for Frequent Falls in Parkinson’s Patients: By Dr. De Leon

“Most important thing in life is learning how to fall.” ― Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses       There are many reasons people with Parkinson’s fall so it’s important to identify the cause correctly in order to solve the problem and prevent fractures and hospitalizations which only increase mortality and disability. Every patient can experience all

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Common Causes & Treatments of Dizziness in PD: By Dr. De Leon

“Know what to do if you feel faint or dizzy, especially if you might fall and hit your head.“ Marilyn vos Savant   Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurological illness affecting the basal ganglia causing neuronal cell death of the dopamine producing cells within the substancia nigra as well as neuronal death in other

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Tips for preventing falls and hip fractures in Parkinson’s patients: By Dr. De Leon

First let’s look at the general population in order to understand how big a problem this is and how to avoid falling if possible. The number of falls increase with age. The reason for this increase is due to a number of contributing factors such as poor vision, decrease hearing, loss of balance, dizziness, and

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Causes & Treatments for Freezing Gait in PD: By Dr. De Leon

am a slow walker but I never walk backwards. Those who walk with God ALWAYS reach their destination.”- Unknown When I first began having symptoms of PD I was falling often because I was tripping on my left foot which would get stuck on the floor rather than continue stride – more often while initiating

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Tips for Making Life Easier for Both Caregivers & Chronically Ill Alike : By Dr. De Leon

Last month I have been dealing with my dad’s terminal illness. I have had my moments of frustration as many of you have in taking care of loved ones with chronic illnesses like PD because sometimes what we think is best for them is not what they think is best for them. So how do

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Parkinson’s & Fall Prevention : By Dr. De Leon

    We all know that one of the biggest problems in Parkinson’s is the risk of falls especially as we age and the disease advances the risk seems to increase exponentially.  Recently, there was a new consensus released by the Academy of neurology offering tips on fall prevention since according to the AAN 50%

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