Motor Symptoms

pd101-albert-pianoParkinson’s is officially classified as a movement disorder because it involves damage to the areas of the brain, nerves and muscles that influence the speed, quality, fluency and ease of movement. Motor (or movement-related) symptoms are usually the most visible elements of Parkinson’s. They also respond well to Parkinson’s medications.

Although motor symptoms often get the most attention and treatment, researchers estimate motor symptoms don’t actually appear in most people until around 60−80% of the nerve cells in the brain that make dopamine have stopped working because of Parkinson’s.

In this section, we will help you identify and learn about the various motor symptoms of Parkinson’s so you can be proactive in the management of your symptoms.