To observe World Parkinson’s Day, the Department of Neurology and Stroke Medicine at Amrita Hospital in Faridabad arranged an awareness program for patients. The hospital has created a support group for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders to help patients and families affected by these diseases. The support group would provide patients with a platform to share their experiences, knowledge, and emotional support, which would help them manage their condition and improve their quality of life.
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that affects the motor system and causes tremors, stiffness, and difficulty in movement. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder globally and requires early and proper treatment to avoid significant morbidity.
The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include bradykinesia, rigidity, rest tremors, and impaired posture. The symptoms start mildly, and some patients may experience tremors of the hands or legs, while others may have physical slowness without significant tremors. Parkinson’s disease is often accompanied by non-motor symptoms like anxiety, depression, constipation, and pain. Raising awareness among people about early signs of PD is essential to recognize them and consult a doctor on time.
Dr. Sanjay Pandey, Head of the Department of Neurology, Amrita Hospital, Faridabad, said, “We are delighted to provide a Parkinson’s support group to the community. We understand the difficulties that Parkinson’s patients and their families face, and we are dedicated to providing various support services to help them manage their condition and improve their quality of life. The group would offer valuable support as patients deal with the challenges of managing this progressive neurological disorder. It would organize regular meetings, offer educational resources and access to quality medical professionals. Moreover, the group would also facilitate social interaction, which is crucial for patients and their families.”
Dr. Sanjay also mentioned that there is no nationwide registry for PD in India, but studies estimate a prevalence of 70-100 cases per 100,000 people. PD is often misdiagnosed in India, particularly in rural areas, making the actual incidence higher. The establishment of a support group is essential as patients require several support services to manage their symptoms and maintain independence. These include medical care from a neurologist or movement disorder specialist, physical therapy to improve mobility, balance, and strength, occupational therapy to perform daily tasks more easily, speech therapy to maintain their ability to speak clearly, and emotional support as many patients experience depression, anxiety, and other emotional challenges.
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