What is Parkinsonism?

Overview

Parkinson’s disease is what you are most familiar with, but the term Parkinsonism may not be as familiar.

Parkinsonism is a term that describes a group of neurological conditions that cause difficulty with movement. Some of the major symptoms of parkinsonism include:

  • Tremors
  • Slowness in movement
  • Trouble walking
  • Rigid muscles
  • Impaired posture

Parkinson’s disease [1] is the most common type of parkinsonism. It makes up 80 percent of parkinsonism cases.

There are other types of parkinsonism, collectively known as atypical parkinsonian disorders or Parkinson-plus syndromes. Many of the different types of parkinsonism closely mimic symptoms of Parkinson’s, which can make diagnosis difficult.

Keep reading this article to learn about the different types of parkinsonism, including each of their symptoms and treatment.