Parkinson’s Disease: Learn the Early Symptoms

We all experience movement problems at times: tremors, muscle spasms, or an occasional loss of balance. But unusual or persistent symptoms could be an indication of Parkinson’s disease, or another movement disorder. Movement disorders range from mild to severely debilitating, and many have very similar symptoms. It is vitally important to get a correct diagnosis.

Signs and Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

If you have more than one of these common signs, you should talk to your physician about the possibility of Parkinson’s disease.

  • Constipation
  • Change in voice - If a change in voice is so significant that your friends begin to notice, seek medical attention. Soft speaking is a sign of Parkinson’s.
  • Difficulty moving around - Feeling stiffness in your arms or legs or noticing that your arms have stopped swinging when you walk could be a sign if these symptoms are persistent.
  • Dizziness, fainting or loss of balance - This is linked to low blood pressure and Parkinson’s.
  • Facial masking - This is when you have an angry or depressed look on your face, even if you aren’t in a bad mood.
  • Loss of smell - Noticing that you can’t smell foods with a particularly strong scent anymore is a sign of Parkinson’s.
  • Stooping or hunching over
  • Tremors - A tremor in the hand, finger or chin while at rest is a common symptom of Parkinson’s.
  • Trouble sleeping/muscle spasms - Sudden or thrashing movements while asleep are symptoms.

Understanding Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a common movement disorder that currently affects about one million Americans, with 60,000 new diagnoses each year.

Learn more

Warning Signs for Movement Disorders

Movement disorders affect more than 40 million people in the United States. Know the facts and when to seek help.

Learn More

The Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute (NPNI) at Lifespan

Exceptional care for adults with brain or spine disorders and comprehensive care for patients in need of mental and behavioral health services.

Learn more 

Rehabilitation Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

We provide cognitive and neuro-muscular rehabilitation to patients diagnosed with conditions affecting the nervous system, including Parkinson's disease.

Learn more