Parkinson’s disease can be identified with handwriting

The handwriting of the person with Parkinson’s disease becomes significantly small


Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are developed gradually and are vague in the early stages. However, sometimes it can be identified by observing the handwriting of the person. Experts say that Parkinson’s disease can affect people in different ways and there are many different symptoms associated with the condition. One of the most common symptom of the disease is a tremor, which is shaking that usually begins in the hand or arm.

But the person’s handwriting is the lesser known sign of the disease. It is noted that their handwriting appears to be smaller. The Parkinson’s Foundation has got in to the details and has mentioned, “Handwriting can change as you age, especially if you have stiff hands or fingers, from arthritis or another condition, or if you have poor vision.” More details have said that small, cramped handwriting known as micrographia is a characteristic of the disease and is frequently one of the early symptoms. Apart from the words, to being generally small and crowded together, the size of handwriting might get smaller as you continue to write.

The condition of micrographia is caused by the same process in the brain that lead to other movement symptoms of the disease. Apart from such symptoms, slowness of movements, tremor can all make it tough to write. Tremor is one of the main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and the other two symptoms are considered as key signs that includes slow movement and stiff and inflexible muscles.

A person who suffers from the neurodegenerative condition can also experience a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms including depression and anxiety, balance problems that can increase the chances of a fall, loss of sense of smell which is also known as anosmia, problems in sleeping also known as insomnia and memory problems. Parkkinson’s does not have a cure but medications can significantly improve the symptoms.

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