Using Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale for the Evaluation

Parkinson’s disease causes problems in speech, tremors in hands, unintentional body movements due to rigidity of muscles. The disease affects the nerve cells which produce dopamine, thus leading to altered body conditions. After a thorough diagnosis, treatments can be done to lower the extent of this problem but there are no solutions to cure it permanently. Evaluation Scale A Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale is used to evaluate the conditions of those suffering from it. The rating scale varies between 0 and 4. 0 represents a normal condition whereas 4 shows an extreme case. Stages of Evaluation There are several stages of evaluation which we have discussed, in details, below: Stage 1 This is the most humble stage of the evaluation. At this stage, the mood, mental abilities, and general behavior of the test patient are studied. Swings in mood or deterioration of mental abilities could represent the presence of disease. Stage 2 In the second phase, the test patient is required to evaluate changes in behavior and general gait, himself. Any abnormalities in the normal activities could be a representation of Parkinson’s. You should immediately rush to your doctor if you find a change in any of these activities; • Speech: If you feel rigidity in facial muscle while speaking then this could a symptom. • Writing: Hands undergoing tremors while writing or even at rest could be a sign that you have Parkinson’s. • Walking: If you face trouble with walking then you should consult your doctor and get thoroughly evaluated. • Similarly, if you have issues when changing clothes or eating food, then get yourself diagnosed....