Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurological disease in Australia after dementia. The disease affects an estimated 70,000 people. 32 Australians are diagnosed with the disease every day. With 20% of sufferers under 50 years of age and 10% diagnosed before the age of 40.
It is a slowly progressive neurologic condition characterised by physical (motor) and non-motor symptoms. People affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD) experience a variable combination of tremor, stiffness, slowness of movement and gait disturbance.
In the early stages of PD, patients experience substantial benefit with medical therapy, usually achieving 60-80% improvement of physical symptoms. Affectionately known as the ‘honeymoon’ phase of PD (see below figure).
Parkinson’s disease is a national challenge for the Australian community. Patients are suffering, either in silence or with the support of their families and carers. However; patients and their support network may not be currently receiving the correct treatment. Families and carers can often be required full time and rely on a pension to support them. Parkinson’s disease is costing our economy. The cost of informal care provided to people with PD in 2011 was $11.2 million.
With PD set to increase by 4% per annum over the next 20 years and with such a strong link to dementia, depression and anxiety; we believe the Australian community can assist in improving the lives of these sufferers.
Sydney DBS is committed to treating PD symptoms in aid of a better quality of life for both patients and their support networks. We approach each case holistically to ensure positive outcomes and empowering ongoing progressions.
Currently, Sydney DBS is working with Parkinson’s NSW and Shake It Up Foundation (partnered with internationally based, Michael J Fox Foundation) to drive awareness about treatments, ongoing vital research, living with PD and the Deep Brain Stimulation program.
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